Watershed Management Authorities of Iowa

Watershed Management Authorities (WMAs) are voluntary, intergovernmental agreements between counties, cities, and soil and water conservation districts that conduct local watershed-based planning. The first WMA formed in 2012, and today, there are more than 20 recognized by the state of Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources manages an informational page about WMAs.
In late 2016, WMA stakeholders articulated the need for a formal WMA network. Over the course of several meetings, a strategic framework was drafted, and in May 2017, an introductory meeting was held for the organization, now named Watershed Management Authorities of Iowa. The Iowa Water Center serves as a faciliator and to fulfill administrative tasks for WMAs of Iowa in the interest of fostering a self-driven, purposeful community of practice for better water management.

Purpose and Goals of WMAs of Iowa

WMAs of Iowa was created to enable WMA-to-WMA exchanges and be an information resource for the latest news and research, funding opportunities, and curriculum in watershed restoration. WMAs of Iowa seeks to:

  • Unite WMAs for further advancement in the state
  • Share resources, ideas, and best practices
  • Provide support to members through technical assistance and celebrating successes
  • Build and support ongoing public-private partnerships for success

As of December 2017, WMAs of Iowa has identified an inaugural board of directors, drafted by-laws and articles of a incorporation, and identified priority working areas for 2018. The annual meeting will be held in February 2018 in conjunction with a professional development conference for WMA stakeholders. Additionally, a full-service website will launch in 2018.
Please contact us with questions about WMAs of Iowa.

Annual Statewide WMA Meeting

The annual Statewide WMA meeting was February 21, 2018 at Otter Creek Lake & Park (2283 Park Rd, Toledo, IA 52342) from 9:45AM - 4PM. Please see the agenda here
Presentations from the meeting will be posted as available.

WMAs of Iowa Board Meetings

Minutes: October 18, 2017
Minutes: December 13, 2017
Draft Minutes: January 24, 2018

Ad hoc and Subcommittees

Nonprofit Filing Status: Jim Erb & Susan Judkins
Annual Meeting: Jim Erb, Bob Rice, Susan Judkins, Jennifer Fencl, Don Shonka
Communications: Susan Judkins, Stephen Main, John Rathbun, Ben Curtis
Policy and Education Priorities: Jim Erb, Susan Jenkins, Don Shonka, Katie Rock, Cara Morgan [Education]

WMAs of Iowa Members

  • Beaver Creek Watershed Management Authority
  • Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority
  • Clear Creek Watershed Coalition
  • East Nishnabotna Watershed Coalition
  • English River Watershed Management Authority
  • Fourmile Creek Watershed Management Authority
  • Indian Creek Watershed Management Authority
  • Lower Cedar Watershed Management Authority
  • Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority
  • Middle Cedar Watershed Management Authority
  • Mud Creek, Spring Creek, & Camp Creek Watershed Management Authority
  • North Raccoon River Watershed Management Coalition
  • Turkey River Watershed Management Authority
  • Upper Cedar River Watershed Management Authority
  • Upper Iowa Watershed Management Authority
  • Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Management Authority
  • Walnut Creek Watershed Management Authority
  • West Nishnabotna Watershed Coalition
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