DNR Watershed Planning Leaf LogoWatershed Driven Land-Use Planning


A one-stop shop for tools and resources for growing communities interested in taking a

holistic, watershed (regional) management approach to comprehensive land-use planning. 

Benefits of this approach include reduced flooding risks, improved water quality,

increased recreational opportunties and better protected drinking water resources.

watershed planning assisstance assessment data collection watershed planning tools
funding - financial resources

iowa watersheds map 2


policy plans and practices
 ecosystem economics  28E Agreements watershed workshop presentations

 â€śPlanning, when done well, is among the most powerful tools available to communities.

A solid plan, based on good natural resource information, guides rational land use decisions,

and allows the community to consider innovative tools for resource protection with fewer

chances for legal challenges to their planning authority. The plan also sends a clear message

as to what the community values and wishes to preserve, and if well crafted, results in few

surprises to developers, local officials, or residents.”

A Guide to Using Natural Resource Based Planning in Local Decision Making

State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources

The Watershed Approach to Community Growth workshops and materials were funded, in part, by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources through a grant from the U.S. EPA under the Federal Nonpoint Source Management Program (Section 319 of the Clean Water Act).