Federal grants to help restore Iowa wetlands

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two wetlands restoration projects in Iowa have been awarded $1 million each by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A project in 17 counties in northern and eastern Iowa will protect 3,000 acres of habitat within the floodplains of the Cedar and Wapsinicon rivers.

Farmers will get help shifting agricultural production to areas less likely to be flooded out. The goal is to demonstrate how wetland and grassland restoration can improve flood control and reduce disaster payments.

The second project in 17 counties in north central Iowa and northwest Iowa will include 1,200 acres along the Little Sioux River Valley. It will help restore Iowa’s Prairie Pothole region, wetland complexes that were drained and will enhance critical waterfowl migration and breeding habitat on state lands in northwest Iowa.

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