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.
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

Sherman Lundy, Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District representative, serves as the current chair of the UCWMIA.

UCWMIA Board Minutes, Executive Committee Minutes, and Reports

  1. 2020-06-02 Annual Meeting Agenda
  2. 2020-06-02 Quarterly Meeting Agenda
  3. 2019-09-04 Quarterly Meeting Minutes
  4. 2019-06-05 Annual Meeting Minutes
  5. 2019-06-05 Quarterly Meeting Minutes
  6. 2019-03-06 Quarterly Meeting Minutes
  7. 2018-12-05 Quarterly Meeting Minutes
  8. 2018-09-19 Quarterly Meeting Minutes
  9. Upper Cedar River Subwatershed Progress2
  10. 2018-06-20 Annual Meeting Minutes
  11. 2018-06-20 Quarterly Meeting Minutes
  12. 2018-03-27 Quarterly Meeting Minutes
  13. 2018-03-27 Cedar Partners Meeting Agenda
  14. Upper Cedar River Subwatershed Progress
  15. 2017-12-13 Quarterly Meeting Minutes
  16. 2017-09-20 Quarterly Meeting Minutes
  17. 2017-06-20 Annual Meeting Minutes
  18. 2017-06-20 Quarterly Meeting Minutes
  19. 2017-03-14 Minutes
  20. 2016-12-06 Minutes
  21. 2016-09-06 Board Minutes
  22. 2016-06-22 UCWMIA Annual Meeting Minutes
  23. 2016-06-22 UCWMIA Minutes
  24. 2016-03-15 UCWMIA Minutes
  25. 2015-12-08 UCWMIA Minutes
  26. Mitchell Watersheds Gain from Charles City Grant
  27. 2015-09-15 Minutes
  28. 2015-06-16 Minutes
  29. 2015-03-24 Board Minutes
  30. 2014-12-09 Board Minutes
  31. 2014-09-16 Board Minutes
  32. 2014-06-17 Board Minutes
  33. 2013-11-25 Executive Committee Minutes
  34. 2013-08-29 Board Minutes
  35. 2013-05-29 Annual Board Minutes
  36. 2013-05-29 Board Minutes
  37. 2013-05-29 Annual Report
  38. 2013-05-20 Executive Committee Minutes
  39. 2013-05-15 Executive Committee Minutes
  40. 2013-04-03 Board Minutes
  41. 2013-03-12 Board Minutes
  42. 2012-September Phase 1 FINAL REPORT
  43. 2012-12-04 Board Minutes
  44. 2012-10-29 Conference Call Minutes
  45. 2012-09-21 Executive Committee Minutes
  46. 2012-09-11 Board Minutes
  47. 2012-08-21 Executive Committee Minutes
  48. 2012-08-07 Organizational Minutes