The ERWIA was initiated in the spring of 2003 in conjunction with the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The ERWIA was established as a consensus-driven, community-based watershed planning entity for the entire basin. The ERWIA is addressing water quality impairments identified by the TMDL (excess nutrients), as well as, those issues identified by local stakeholders (erosion/sedimentation, fecal coliform, and urban/suburban stormwater runoff).
The ERWIA board of directors is intentionally composed of a broad mix of stakeholders representing many of the economic and environmental interests in the Elk River basin. The board is comprised of 11 people representing the following stakeholder groups:
"Clean abundant water for you and your family now and in the future."
"To improve, protect and conserve the waters of the Elk River watershed for the people who live, work, attend school, own property in or visit the watershed through educational and implementation activities that are based on sound scientific analysis and information."