Next WMA Meeting:
Join Us for an Upper Wapsi IWA Project Tour
Through the Statewide Iowa Watershed Approach Project, the Upper Wapsipinicon WMA implemented 28 flood reduction practices in Buchanan and Delaware Counties. This tour will showcase several of the implemented projects where you can learn how they were implemented and why they are important to creating a more resilient Upper Wapsipinicon River watershed. Hear from several presenters such as project Coordinators from Northeast Iowa RC&D, Project Engineer from Shive Hattery, project landowners, and the Iowa Flood Center. A light lunch hosted by Buchanan County Pork Producers will be provided at the conclusion of the tour. Other tour sponsors include: Iowa DNR, Buchanan SWCD, Iowa State Extension, and Northeast Iowa RC&D.
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Join Us for an Upper Wapsi IWA Project Tour
Through the Statewide Iowa Watershed Approach Project, the Upper Wapsipinicon WMA implemented 28 flood reduction practices in Buchanan and Delaware Counties. This tour will showcase several of the implemented projects where you can learn [...]
Upper Wapsi BID 008 Now Open!
General Bid Information: The general nature of the improvement consists of three individual project locations where grassed waterways, water and sediment control basins, and agricultural drain tile will be installed on private agricultural land within [...]
Quasqueton, Iowa Flood Resilience Action Plan Now Available
Northeast Iowa RC&D, with assistance from the University of Iowa Flood Resilience Team, and the City of Quasqueton have been working on a Flood Resilience Action Plan for the Community. Quasqueton was selected by the [...]
Upper Wapsi WMA BID Packet 007 Now Open!
General Bid Information: The general nature of the improvement consists of two adjacent projects where a pond and county road culvert project will be constructed land within the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed located in Buchanan [...]
UW-006_BID Now Open!
The general nature of the improvement consists of four individual project locations where a pond, wetland, or county road project will be constructed on agricultural and municipal county right of way within the Upper Wapsipinicon [...]
Upper Wapsi WMA BID-005 Now Open!
Bid-005 for the Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed Management Authority is now open for bids from interested contractors. The general nature of the improvement consists of four individual project locations where conservation practices (wetlands, ponds, oxbows) will [...]
Upper Wapsi WMA Bid-004 Now Open!
Bid-004 for the Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed Management Authority is now open for bids from interested contractors. The general nature of the improvement consists of four individual project locations where conservation practices (wetlands) will be constructed [...]
Upper Wapsipinicon BID-003 Opening
Bid-003 for the Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed Management Authority is now open for bids from interested contractors. The general nature of the improvement consists of four individual project locations where conservation practices (oxbows and ponds) will [...]
Second Bid Packet Now Open!
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS UW-BID-002 PHASE 2 WATERSHED IMPROVEMENTS (13-NDRI-005) HOWARD COUNTY, IOWA PROJECT: Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed Management Authority UW-BID-002 Phase 2 Watershed Improvements (13-NDRI-005) Buchanan County, Iowa BIDS DUE: July 30, 2020 2:00 P.M. Shive-Hattery, [...]
Upper Wapsipinicon River WMA Bid Packet 1 Now Open!
The first Bid Packet for the IWA project is now open. At the link you will find the electronic files for the first bid package for Upper Wapsi WMA (UW-BID-001) for download. Click the link [...]
New Northeast Iowa Urban Stormwater Demonstration Site Now Open
This summer, construction of several innovative urban stormwater conservation practices was completed as a part of a new Regional Urban Stormwater Demonstration Site at Northeast Iowa RC&D. The site, across from City Hall in Postville, [...]
Reducing Cost and Flood Impacts on the Farm with Ray Archuleta
Field day event hosted by the Tainter Creek Farmer-Led Watershed Council with an evening event on July 25th 6 pm - 9:30 (Meal provided) Field day is July 26th 10 am - 4 pm at Woodhill [...]
Bremer County Field Day: New Iowa Flood Center Weather Forecast Flood and Drought
Working with the Iowa Flood Center (IFC), Bremer County now has their very own IFC Weather Station to help forecast floods and droughts, plus up to the minute data on soil moisture and temperature, groundwater, [...]
Des Moines Register: Flooding has slammed every Iowa county since 1988, some as many as 17 times
Read this article (complete with photos) in the Des Moines Register QUASQUETON, Ia. — Puttering down the Wapsipinicon River in his fishing boat, Ronnie Wolfe points to a small backwater channel that's similar to one [...]
Upper Wapsi in the News!
Work on Wapsipinicon will reduce flooding, aid wildlife Orlan Love, Gazette correspondent Construction is expected to begin later this year on a project intended to reduce flood impacts and improve water quality in the Wapsipinicon [...]
Upper Wapsi Watershed Open Houses
Residents and landowners in the Upper Wapsi Watershed are invited to a series of Public Meeting Open Houses. Who might want to come? Anyone who is interested in... Keeping communities and landowners in the Upper [...]
Rain Gardens: Beautiful and Beneficial
Rain gardens utilize good soil and deep-rooted plants to infiltrate runoff from a smaller area, such as a roof, driveway, or a section of street or parking lot. Often rain gardens are beautifully landscaped with [...]
Bioswales: Not your grandmother’s storm sewer
A bioswale can be used in place of a traditional storm sewer. Planted with deep-rooted native grasses, flowers, and shrubs, bioswales beautify while helping water filter and infiltrate. Bioswales work best when they are placed [...]
Presidential disaster declared following July flooding
Areas of the Upper Wapsi Watershed experienced severe flash flooding in July, prompting a presidential disaster declaration. Check out the video, shared by Bremer County Emergency Management, of flooding in the community of Sumner.
Water Sampling in the Upper Wapsi
Elaine Hughes prepares to draw samples from Buffalo Creek near Quasqueton. A couple of times a month, volunteers collect water samples from streams, creeks and the Wapsipinicon River. Samples are sent to Coe [...]
Position Opening: Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Management Authority Project Coordinator
Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Management Authority Announcement Date: 4/28/2017 Application Closing Date: 05/12/2017 Anticipated Date of Hire: 06/01/2017 Buchanan Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Management Authority (WMA), [...]
Spring Flooding in the Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed
The Plum Creek Bike & Nature Trail was under water on Easter Sunday. Heavy spring rains contributed to sodden fields, washed-out bridges and overflowing creeks in the Upper Wapsipinicon watershed over the weekend. [...]
In the News: Cut of $96 million to go to Wapsie flood plans
Will be looking at ways to slow water flow By Jack Swanson, Managing Editor of the Oelwein Daily Register POSTVILLE – The Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed Management Authority recently kicked off a process to develop a [...]
The Daily Erosion Project
The Daily Erosion Project (DEP) estimates precipitation, runoff, sheet and rill erosion, and hillslope delivery in near real time, on over 2000 watersheds in the Midwest (Figure 1). It does this by running the Water [...]
Building a Stormwater Quality Management Program in Readlyn
The City of Readlyn recently received $70,000 from the Iowa Water Quality Initiative Urban Conservation Project to be used to support a local partnership brought together with the common goal of building a stormwater quality management [...]
Master River Stewards Program to be Offered Summer 2017 in Wapsipinicon River Watershed
Iowa Rivers Revival’s Master River Stewards Program is a comprehensive river course that will focus on riverine systems, including skills to paddle and navigate rivers, restore aquatic habitat, improve water quality, and understand policies related to [...]
$96.9 million Iowa Watershed Approach shifts into high gear
Cities, counties, and other groups are organizing regional watershed management authorities (WMAs) and hiring project coordinators as the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA), a $96.9 million program, enters its first official year and kicks off work [...]
The Upper Wapsi Watershed Management Authority
The Upper Wapsi Watershed Management Authority is currently signing up entities that would like to join. Watershed Management Authorities form under a 28E agreement authorized by Iowa code. Entities eligible to join a WMA are [...]