The USDA announced Thursday it is awarding $44.6 million through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to support 10 wetland enhancement projects in Iowa and 11 other states.
The $3 million awarded to Iowa is being used to create wetlands covering 580 acres in the headwaters of the Iowa and Cedar rivers. It’s designed to improve water quality and reduce downstream flooding, among its benefits, said Ryan Harr, a private lands biologist with the Department of Natural Resources.
This is great news for the people and natural environment in Iowa. After the difficulty in protecting our water supply and the current lawsuit working its way through the courts, these wetlands can have a positive impact on water quality down-stream.