Iowa Innovative Small Feedlot Solutions, FLEVAL Project
NE IA RC&D is partnering with Allamakee and Winneshiek County Soil and Water Conservation Districts to model innovative small feedlot solutions in Northeast Iowa. The RC&D helped the districts secure an Iowa 319/EPA grant for technical assistance, cost share and education at the local and state level. The project is addressing an impairment of the Upper Iowa River for bacteria. It is reducing fecal bacteria delivery to the Upper Iowa River by implementing Best Management Practices on feedlots that are delivering the greatest quantities and then measuring the reductions. The project focuses work in the UIRW in Allamakee County, where the Section 303(d) impairment for bacteria exists, and in Winneshiek County directly upstream from the impaired stretch of the UIR. This project is the first use of the FLEVAL Model in Iowa and a model program for the state.