IRR has developed the Master River Stewards Program, an adult-education program that teaches watershed awareness, paddling and navigating skills, river and stream dynamics, aquatic habitat, water quality and water monitoring, and policies related to floodplains, river protection and restoration.
The Master River Steward Program will build a network of river advocates and experts in organizations, agencies and communities across the state to protect and improve Iowa’s rivers, to ensure a lasting resource for future generations. IRR received the 2014 “Environmental Impact Award” for developing and delivering the MRSP. IRR was also recognized for its “exceptional water management practices.”
MRSP brings 32 hours of instruction to Iowans on:
- River and stream dynamics
- River and riparian habitats and wildlife
- River paddling and navigation
- River chemistry and water monitoring
- River and stream restoration and stewardship
- Policies related to protecting river and stream water quality
- Group projects will be conducted following the course in the participants own communities
Iowa Rivers Revival is happy to announce that there will be multiple chances statewide this year to become a Master River Steward! In 2016, IRR was able to train certified Master River Stewards Program (MRSP) instructors across the state, who in turn are bringing the program to you!
Below is a schedule of upcoming courses, linked with contact information for their location. Please do not hesitate to contact one of the groups below or IRR with questions. Hope you can join us!
- Dickinson County Conservation – April/May 2017
- Story County Conservation and Prairie Rivers of Iowa – May-June 2017
- Johnson County Conservation – May-June 2017
- Buchanan County – Summer 2017
- Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium – Summer 2017
- Whiterock Conservancy – Summer 2017
Iowa Rivers Revival was able to develop the Master River Stewards Program from a grant awarded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) in 2011.
The following partners have provided program funds and in-kind contributions to support the continuation and expansion of the Master Rivers Stewards Program:
- Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) (2012)
- Des Moines Water Works (2013 and 2015)
- Metro Waste Authority (2013 and 2015)
- Iowa DNR Rivers Program (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015)
- Iowa DNR IOWATER (2012, 2013, and 2014)
- Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (2015)
- Iowa Soybean Association (2013)
- Polk County Conservation Board (2013)
- RDG Planning and Design (2013)