Watershed activities in Iowa have had considerable impact on the welfare and environment of our people. Reductions in floodwater, sediment, and erosion damages to lands have been the principal benefits. Preservation and enhancement of the environment is recognized as a by-product for better living for both rural and urban residents. The Flood Control Act of June 22, 1936, a Congressional appropriation in 1953 of 5 million dollars for Pilot Watershed Projects, and the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 (Public Law 566) have been the principal means of initiating watershed projects in Iowa during the past 25 years. The Little Sioux Watershed Project in northwest Iowa was developed under the Flood Control Act of 1936. Three pilot projects were completed, and 35 watershed projects have been authorized for construction under Public Law 566.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Moon, Wilson T.
"Upstream Watershed Activities in Iowa and Our Environment,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 76(1), 180-186.
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