Middle Cedar Water Management Authority
The Middle Cedar Watershed (MCW) covers ~1.5 million acres (~2,400 square miles) in East Central Iowa and spans 10 counties: Franklin, Hardin, Butler, Grundy, Marshall, Tama, Blackhawk, Buchanan, Benton, and Linn counties. The MCW consists of mostly agricultural lands (~73%) but also includes many small towns (e.g. Vinton, Traer, and Grundy Center) and several large metro areas (e.g. Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Cedar Falls).
The Middle Cedar Watershed Management Authority (MCWMA) was formed as a result of a nearly $97 million grant awarded to the State of Iowa from the US Housing and Urban Development under the title, "Iowa Watershed Approach" (IWA). The MCWMA is filed through the State under a 28-E agreement its members consists of Cities, Counties, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The MCWMA works collectively to address water quality, water quantity, as well as other environmental issues that cross jurisdictional boundaries.