PrintIRR 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 has trained 64 stewards from around the state who have implemented projects ranging from water quality monitoring, stream bank stabilization, a neighborhood survey on willingness to undertake an urban stream restoration project, a wetland restoration, stream clean-up events, storm drain marking, and a water festival. IRR received the 2014 “Environmental Impact Award” for developing and delivering the MRSP. IRR was also recognized for its “exceptional water management practices.”


“Great class, thoroughly enjoyed each and every session.”

“I left every session so energized to share with others at work and at home what I had learned each time. I’m hoping more people I know will take the course and learn the things I’ve learned.”

“Great leadership. Great resources/readings. Great speakers. Great group.”

2016 MRSP “Train-the-Trainer” Workshop:  IRR will be offering a workshop March 30-31, 2016 in Webster City to trainers to expand this program to more communities across the state.  If you are interested, see information link below, or e-mail Jenn Dreier, assistant director, at

Program Links:

2016 Train-the-Trainer description and details
MRSP Outline/Overview

2013 MRSP – Water quality policy discussion at a farm in Woodward, IA.
2013 MRSP – River Restoration assessment discussion
2012 MRSP – Lunch ‘n Learn on the Boone River


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)