Iowa’s 27 Watershed Management Authorities (WMAs) cover 40% of the state, putting local leaders in the driver’s seat to address water concerns such as flooding and water quality. Together, they have made demonstrable progress, working with landowners to install more than 1,900 voluntary conservation practices, and bringing in tens of millions of dollars in investments to their communities. However, not all Iowans know about WMAs, or even if they live within the boundaries of one.
This resource provides ideas and guidance for making connections with elected officials, as well as raising awareness of WMAs through the media. Its intended audience is watershed coordinators, board members, and anyone invested in a WMA.