North Raccoon Soil and Water Outcomes
The North Raccoon Partnership for Soil and Water Outcomes brings together upstream and downstream partners to improve soil health and water quality for the benefit of all residents of the North Raccoon Watershed. This watershed provides drinking water for 500,000 people in the Des Moines metro and is a priority watershed for IAWA, the Iowa Soybean Association, and the state of Iowa.
The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leads this effort, alongside 11 partner organizations including ag retailers, federal and state agencies and the City of Des Moines. The North Raccoon Soil and Water Outcomes project provides financial assistance and planning support to farmers and landowners for cover crops, no-till, bioreactors, saturated buffers, oxbow restorations, and constructed wetlands.
IAWA is providing $90,000 in communications support over the five years of the project. This is one of four projects IAWA is involved with in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP projects drive innovation in conservation efforts by bringing public and private entities and dollars together to target priority watersheds and landscapes.