Urban Environmental Partnership
In 2000, four Des Moines area utilities – Des Moines Water Works, Metro Waste Authority, Wastewater Reclamation Authority and the City of Des Moines Stormwater Utility, recognized that they shared a common customer base as well as the common goal of protecting source water in our community. The Urban Environmental Partnership (UEP) is a partnership committed to educating the public about water treatment, watershed protection and pollution prevention in the urban environment. Since the UEP was formed, five other cities – Clive, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk and Waukee – have joined the UEP as Associate Members.
Urban Environmental Partnership Mission Statement
The Urban Environmental Partnership is dedicated to providing an integrated education program designed to protect water quality in the urban watershed. The primary focus is to assist the community– individuals, businesses, and public utilities– in understanding roles and responsibilities in water and waste management.
Classroom presentationsand education curriculum focusing on water quality protection were developed and are presented to over 24,000 Metro area students and adults each year by several Des Moines Water Works and Metro Waste Authority employees.
One acre of wetlands can trap enough nitrogen to supply 100 acres of crops.