June 20, 2022

The Cedar River Source Water Partnership RCPP

Cedar River Source Water Partnership RCPP

Every acre matters. From north to south, east to west, landowners and farmers across the Cedar River Watershed can make a difference in the drinking water in their communities. And when they come together with agri-businesses and cities, that impact can be multiplied.

The Cedar River Source Water Partnership (CRSWP) is designed to do just that. The goal is to improve drinking water quality, reduce flood risk downstream, and improve wildlife habitat through simple practices that farmers can implement on their operations. The CRSWP is a $20 million project funded by USDA-NRCS and 13 partners dedicated to improving water quality in Iowa. Financial assistance goes toward conservation practice costs, education and outreach, and technical assistance.

The CRSWP is led by the City of Cedar Rapids. IAWA is providing $175,000 toward a Conservation Agronomist at Linn Coop and additional communications support. This is one of four projects IAWA is involved with in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).