The primary goal of the IRBIACT is to develop a Process for Watershed Management that will assist the public in understanding long-term requirements to meet watershed objectives and assist decision-makers in making informed investment decisions.

The Process for Watershed Management links the Organization for Coordination, the Watershed Plan; Watersheds for Learning; and the Decision Support System (DSS) together in a way that promotes informed decision making by local, state, and federal government, non-government entities, and land owners and managers under a framework of coordination, collaboration, and partnership.


The actions of the IRBIACT will result in the following products:

  1. A process that will allow for coordinated watershed management to continue after formal study is complete toward achievement of the vision through an adaptive approach.
  2. A process that will facilitate public involvement after formal study.
  3. A watershed DSS from methods and tools used for the analysis, formulation, and evaluation in this study to support the adaptive management process and enable decision-making about investments in watershed management, ecosystem restoration, water quality, water quantity, and groundwater management measures. Link the DSS to the basin GIS for visualization of basin information and of management measures.
  4. Delivery of the DSS to planners, resource managers, and decision-makers through the Iowa-Cedar Rivers Basin via the internet. The internet site will include findings of the study (i.e. The Watershed Plan), methods and tools, a description of the adaptive management process, and instructions for use of the DSS. The internet site will be designed to enable tracking implementation of management and restoration measures and system response as revealed by monitoring.