Upper Cedar Watershed Management Improvement Authority

The UCWMIA was created pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 28E by and between the Iowa counties of Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Chickasaw, Floyd, Mitchell and Worth, the Iowa cities of Charles City, Colwell, Denver, Floyd, Nashua, Northwood, Osage, Plainfield, St. Ansgar, Stacyville, and Waverly, and the Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Chickasaw, Floyd, Mitchell and Worth Counties. The authority may perform the following duties:

  • Assess the flood risks in the watershed.
  • Assess the water quality in the watershed.
  • Assess options for reducing flood risk and improving water quality in the watershed.
  • Monitor federal flood risk planning and activities.
  • Educate residents of the watershed area regarding water quality and flood risks.
  • Allocate moneys made available to the authority for purposes of water quality and flood mitigation.
  • Make and enter into contracts and agreements and execute all instruments necessary or incidental to the performance of the duties of the authority.  A watershed management authority shall not acquire property by eminent domain.

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The Upper Cedar Watershed (UCW) is part of the larger Cedar Watershed and encompasses 1,685 square miles - an exceptionally large geographic area. 

In March 2015, MSA Professional Services completed the UCWMIA Watershed Management Plan.  The plan should be viewed as a 'plan for a plan'.  It identifies the broad goals, policies, action plans, and an implementation schedule for the entire watershed.  It presents a course evaluation of the water resources within the watershed and presents an action plan which places priorities on establishment of stakeholder groups, funding opportunities, and additional detailed assessments of sub-watersheds within the Iowa portion of the Upper Cedar Watershed.  Click on the links below to view the plan...

Beaver Creek Watershed Projects - 2016

Site 1 - Bohlen Property Photos

Sites 2-5 - Monaghan Property Photos

Site 6 - Hinz Property Photos


David Lehman
Bremer County

Vice Char:

Doug Johnson
Floyd SWCD

UCWMIA Board Minutes, Executive Committee Minutes, and Reports