Watershed Management Authority

Legislation was passed in 2010 by Iowa lawmakers allowing the creation of Watershed Management Authorities (WMAs). WMAs were seen as a way for various stakeholders to cooperatively work together on watershed planning and management. A WMA was created in 2012 for the Fourmile Creek Watershed in order to address environmental concerns and undertake the following activities:

  • Assess and reduce flood risk
  • Assess and improve water quality
  • Monitor federal flood risk planning and activities
  • Educate residents of the watershed regarding flood risks and water quality
  • Allocate moneys made available to the Authority for purposes of water quality and flood mitigation

To manage the WMA and the implementation of the management plan a board was created composed of community leaders within the watershed.

Fourmile Creek Watershed Management Authority Board Members:

Polk County, Story County, Boone County, Ankeny, Des Moines, Sheldahl, Slater, Alleman, Elkhart, Altoona, Bondurant, Pleasant Hill, Story County SWCD, Boone County SWCD, and Polk SWCD.

The WMA also has a variety of partners who have been instrumental in developing the watershed plan and implementation of the plan

  • Snyder and Associates
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • RDG Planning and Design
  • Metro Waste Authority
  • Polk County Conservation Board