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English River WMA seeks residents for planning team

The English River Watershed Management Authority is a new group aimed at improving conditions in the English River watershed. They recently were awarded a $150,000 grant from the Iowa DNR to develop a comprehensive plan for the watershed. The plan is intended to be locally driven, and so the group has recently put out an invitation to watershed residents to participate in a planning advisory team.

This is a great opportunity for river enthusiasts to get involved in watershed improvement at the local level.

See below from the English River WMA:

WATERSHED RESIDENTS SOUGHT FOR PLANNING ADVISORY TEAM

The English River Watershed Management Authority, with assistance from the Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Flood Center, is conducting long-range planning for improvements in this 627 square mile watershed.  Improvements will focus on reducing flood hazards and improving water quality through increased partnerships, education, and voluntary conservation practice adoption.

Residents from southern Iowa County, far southwestern Johnson County, and northern Keokuk County are especially encouraged to participate.

The Community Advisory Team is a resident-driven committee that will ensure plan goals and objectives meet the economic and social needs of those who live there.  The Team will meet approximately six times over 18 months, for two hours or less at evening meetings, and in various locations around the watershed.  Team members will assist with development of educational and public engagement campaigns, plan goals and objectives, timelines, implementation, and best management practices for the English River watershed.

Individuals who are interested in serving should contact Jody Bailey at 319.656.2310, or jbailey@cityofkalona.org by February 1st.

To learn more about the English River WMA, visit http://www.englishriverwma.org/.

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