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Grants Awarded FY2006

Announcement Number Name of Organization Type of Project Project Description Amount of Funding

Iowa State University

Watershed Improvement Grants The project will provide education for watershed councils and technical assistance as an educational program for incentive cooperators. The voluntary watershed councils have organized to collectively manage their watersheds, setting explicit goals for reduced pollutant loading and broad participation, incentive programs have been developed that reward producers for improving the environmental performance of their soil and nutrient management. Under this system, cooperators can continue to earn incentives if they continue to improve or further reduce their pollutant loading. The education provided will take the cooperator from calculating performance indexes to understanding how index components impact overall field performance. This project will demonstrate a locally developed, education-based initiative to sustain producer and community participation that complements and extends traditional nonpoint source, conservation programs. It gives participants the flexibility to use a systems approach for evaluating and targeting changes for continuing improvements that are within their management and financial abilities. $99,841
EPA-R7WWPD-06-002 Allamakee County Soil and Water Conservation Watershed Improvement Grants This project will assess the mainstream and tributaries of the Yellow River for activity of erosion on streambanks and establish priorities based upon severity and impact on the fishery. These will also be analyzed for active gullies and prioritized for grade stabilization structures based upon severity and impact on the fishery. All sites receiving cost share for manure management systems plus five additional critical sites will have a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan prepared. Newsletters will be sent to all watershed landowners once per year, and a detailed analysis of one subwatershed will be conducted using a new computer and Geographic Information Systems equipment being developed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. $98,000
EPA-R7WWPD-06-002 Iowa State University Watershed Improvement Grants Atrazine is one of the oldest and most commonly used herbicides for control of broadleaf weeds in corn and soybean crop rotations. It is routinely used to protect corn or sorghum from out competition by volunteer soybeans and weeds. The greatest concern with atrazine is its presence in water. Keeping atrazine out of receiving water is the primary goal of this project by slowing delivery and increasing edge of field breakdown the atrazine concentrations should be low and it should remain where applied. This field study is to evaluate Phytoremediation and the Best Management Practices for removal of Atrazine from agricultural run-off in the Vandalia Lake Watershed in Pike County, Missouri. $95,023
EPA-R7WWPD-06-002 Iowa State University Watershed Improvement Grants Storm water management is poorly understood by most citizens, this project will establish a model for communities including design, implementation and evaluation of urban best management practices to address urban water quality problems with full integration of citizen participation in each stage of the project. This project will include the installation and evaluation of Best Management Practice's at a sub-basin scale, the intent of which is improvement in water quality and quantity. $94,177
EPA-R7WWPD-06-002 Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams Watershed Improvement Grants Harmful bacteria are prevalent in numerous watersheds across the state and the major water quality concern in Kansas. Non-confined livestock are a major contributor to this degradation. Educating livestock producers in the use of simple practices for herd management will reduce harmful bacteria flow into streams. This project will result in chemical, physical and biological improvements in water quality within the targeted Fall and Delaware River Basin watersheds. $80,000
EPA-R7WWPD-06-003 Missouri Department of Natural Resources Wetland Program Development Grants This project will develop a methodology appropriate for assessing intermittent and ephemeral streams. The study is needed to determine how shifts in flow regime due to headwater impoundments affect the physical habitat, hydrology, and biology of these ecosystems. The resulting methodology will be used for state comprehensive wetland monitoring and will enhance future headwater stream research. $293,962
EPA-R7WWPD-06-003 Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Wetland Program Development Grants This project will investigate the role of Rainwater Basin wetlands, in south-central Nebraska, in contributing to the function of ground recharge, water quality improvement, and wildlife habitat including an assessment of the impact of sediment on these functions. $257,126
EPA-R7WWPD-06-003 Missouri Department of Conservation Wetland Program Development Grants Flood control impoundments planned by Kansas in the Marmaton and Marais des Cygnes Watersheds will decrease the frequency that extensive wetlands in this drainage will be inundated. This project will provide information on the impact these impoundments will have on wetland hydroperiods, vegetation, and selected wildlife species to aid stakeholders in developing strategies to protect private and public wetlands in west-central Missouri. $240,000
EPA-R7WWPD-06-003 University of Kansas Main Campus Wetland Program Development Grants Playa Basins of the High Plains of western Kansas are the primary wetlands of this region. The project is to map and characterize the playas and develop a protocol for assessment of wetland functions. A regional subclass-specific guidebook for applying the Hyrdogeomorphic (HGM) Approach to assessing wetland function of the Playa Basin depressional wetlands on the High Plains of Kansas will result $187,463
EPA-R7WWPD-06-003 Curators of the University of Missouri Wetland Program Development Grants Restoration and Protection of Missouri River Wetlands - Focusing mainly on the Missouri River bottoms, from Atchison to Kansas City, this project uses remotely sensed information together with fine-resolution site type modeling data to compare earlier National Wetlands Inventory data sets to identify areas of potential wetland restoration by mapping abiotic site types and flooding potential using multiple environmental data layers (e.g. soil variables, elevation relative to river level, landform) within a geographic information system. It will quantify and set priorities for both conservation and restoration based on analyses of data created earlier in the project, including vegetation patch size and configuration, proximity to public lands and roads, distance among patches, and possibly other data suggested by meeting with partners during the start-up phase of the project. $93,288

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