Manchester Applies for Grant for Wetland Restoration Project

Manchester officials are hoping to complete a wetland restoration project on the east side of town later this year.

The City is partnering with the Good Neighbor Home and local developer Wes Schulte to develop the meandering wetlands on their land north and east of the Good Neighbor Home property.

The City is hoping the project will reduce nitrate levels in the city’s water. Natural wetland grasses will capture and use nitrates in runoff water, protecting Manchester’s city wells.

However, it will not help protect against a 100-year flood event.

The City Council has given the go-ahead to apply for a 100-thousand dollar grant through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. They’ll find out if they received the grant this spring.

The City Council has also pledged just under 145-thousand dollars as the local match towards the project.

City Manager Tim Vick says they hope to start construction by October.