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 September 2018, WMAs of Iowa is working toward filing for nonprofit status with the assistance of the Drake Legal Clinic. WMAs of Iowa manages a website, intended to be a clearinghouse for all members.  WMAs of Iowa sends out a monthly e-newsletter to their membership and other interested parties. 
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
 
A date and location for the 2019 Statewide WMA meeting will be announced in late fall 2018. 
 

WMAs of Iowa Board Meetings

Minutes: October 18, 2017
Minutes: December 13, 2017
Minutes: January 24, 2018
Draft Minutes: September 25, 2018
Draft Minutes: November 1, 2018

Ad hoc and Subcommittees

General Public Communications and Education (e.g. press releases, awareness campaigns) - Chair Cara Morgan
Legislative Communications and Education (e.g. specific issue messaging and strategies for engaging legislators) - Chair Rod Marlatt
WMA Capacity Building (e.g. newsletter, website, best practices, organizational event planning)
Collaboration (e.g. building relationships with like-minded organizations) - Co-chairs Jim Erb and Bob Rice
Nonprofit Filing- ad hoc (overseeing 501(c)(3) formation) - Chair Susan Judkins

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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