IRVM at UNI
Living Roadway Trust Fund
News & Events
For Assistance Contact:
Tallgrass Prairie Center
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0294
File an IRVM Plan with the
Iowa Department of Transportation.
A Plan outlining your county's commitment to IRVM makes your county
eligible for inventory and native seed grants.
Inventory your county's roadside
The Living Roadway Trust Fund provides $4500.00 to hire someone to
conduct a thorough windshield survey of roadside conditions including
weeds, brush, erosion and native prairie remnants.
Obtain native seed for a
Through Iowa DOT's Living Roadway Trust Fund and Transportation
Enhancement program, counties can apply for native seed for roadside
Establish an IRVM Steering
Assemble a representative group of interested stakeholders. Include:
soil and water professional, educator, engineer or maintenance
superintendent, supervisor, conservationist, farmer. Outline objectives
and approach County Board of Supervisors.
Develop an IRVM Program that fits
your county's needs and your county's budget.
There are many levels of county participation in
IRVM. The most successful programs have a full-time roadside manager
and a full-time assistant (roadside management technician). Unless you
currently have a substantial budget for weed control, road clearing,
and weed commissioner salary ($170,000.00) or a couple vacant positions
to fill anyway, this will involve finding additional money.
Some counties enjoy at least some benefits of Iowa's IRVM program when
an employee in the engineer's office or conservation department takes a
strong personal interest and makes a few things happen. Success is
proportionate to the investment made.