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Structure and Operations

ORGANIZATIONAL HIERARCHY

  1. Iowa Water Resources Coordinating Council
  2. Iowa-Cedar Interagency Watershed Coordination Team
  3. HUC 8 Watershed Teams
  4. HUC 12 Watershed Teams (Watersheds for Learning)
  5. Agencies’ Technical Support
  6. Other Collaborative Initiatives and Forums (e.g. Regional Flood Risk Management Team and Iowa Silver Jackets)
  7. Decision Support Center

AUTHORITY

The authority for each agency’s participation in the activities of the Iowa-Cedar River Basin Interagency Watershed Coordination Team (IRBIACT) lies within that individual agency’s programs, authorities, and management or regulatory responsibilities. Participation in the IRBIACT does not affect an individual agency’s statutory or regulatory responsibility to issue permits, to manage programs, or to operate projects. The views of the agencies expressed at the IRBIACT are not binding on that agency.


FUNDING

Each agency or interest is responsible for the funding of its representatives. The IRBIACT could recommend priority of funding for identified research and/or implementation effort through an appropriate lead governmental agency or non-governmental organization.


OPERATION

The IRBIACT will initially meet bi-monthly in order to get the planning effort moving. After a clear vision and watershed plan are developed the IRBIACT meetings will commence 3-5 times per year based on what the team determines the need to be. Meeting places and times will be determined by the IRBIACT. All meetings are open to the public. All participants will be welcomed into subject discussions; however, formal IRBIACT recommendations will be based on a consensus vote of the IRBIACT. Each participating member shall designate one voting member.


ORGANIZATION AND COORDINATION

Iowa DNR will facilitate meetings; guiding document will be prepared; meeting notes will be taken and distributed; Iowa DNR will report back to IWRCC or the Office of the Governor if the IWRCC is no longer functional. Participants will report back to their agencies and meetings will be open.