Conservation Funding Opportunities

Here you can find some opportunities to get some funds for projects that improve our stormwater. If your property is located in the Dry Run Creek Watershed, you may be eligible to get a refund for up to 75% of the cost of installing a stormwater management practice (native gardens, rain gardens, permeable driveways, wetlands, etc.). To learn more about this opportunity see this brochure. To see if your property is in the watershed, please consult this map or call (319) 268-5511. 

The following opportunities are available to anyone, independently if their property is in the Dry Run Creek Watershed, or not.

Financial assistance is available for conservation and best management practices (BMPs):

REAP—Resource Enhancement and Protection
Eligible BMPs: Bioretention, native landscaping, permeable pavement, rain gardens, filter strip wetlands

SRF—State Revolving Fund, offering low interest loans for environmental practices
Eligible BMPs: Wastewater treatment; sewer rehab; stormwater quality improvements; and non-point source projects for both public and private entities including farmers, landowners, watershed organizations, landfills and rural homeowners

EQIP—Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Eligible BMPs: Funds can help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland

CRP—Conservation Reserve Program
Eligible BMPs: Funds help landowners to convert highly erodible cropland and other environmentally sensitive areas to permanent cover, such as introduced or native grasses, trees, filter strips, riparian forest buffers, wetlands, and shallow water habitats