Middle Cedar Partnership Project
Led by the City of Cedar Rapids, the Middle Cedar Partnership Project (MCPP) is funded through a Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant from the USDA. As one of the largest grain hubs in the world, Cedar Rapids is home to Cargill, Ingredion, ADM, Quaker Oaks and others that rely on Iowa farmers for grains that are processed into products that are shipped all over the world. Beginning in 2015, Cedar Rapids embarked on an innovative urban-rural partnership to engage farmers and other upstream partners in adopting enduring conservation efforts to protect municipal source water and to realize the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
With an eye towards both water quality and water quantity, the MCPP continues to expand in scope. What started as a project focused on five Huc-12 watersheds between Vinton and Waterloo has continued to add partners and outreach capacity across the entire Middle Cedar Huc-8 Watershed.