REGISTER for the Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium TODAY!

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Why Attend?

The Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium (UMSRS) presents a unique opportunity to bring together regional stream restoration practitioners so they may share experiences and expertise with colleagues working within similar environmental and land-use conditions.  Attendees from multi-disciplinary backgrounds will hear about innovative restoration designs and approaches as well as have the opportunity to network with the region’s leading stream restoration practitioners.

 

REGISTER TO ATTEND the 2019 UMSRM HERE!

 

Location

The Symposium we will be held in La Crosse, Wisconsin at the Radisson Hotel. The venue will allow easy access from across the Midwest via air or car. Organizers have worked hard to keep registration costs as low as possible.

 

UMSRS at a Glance

UMSRS will take place over 2.5 days. The Symposium will open on Sunday night with dinner and a keynote talk. The Symposium is single-track (no concurrent sessions) so that all attendees hear all presentation and discussions. Keynote speakers will open each day followed by oral and poster presentations.

 

Topics of discussion at previous UMSRS include:

  • Stream Restoration Design and Monitoring
  • Regulation and Stream Restoration:  Where am I and what am I doing here?
  • Water Quality Management in Midwest Streams
  • Assessment and Monitoring of Stream Restoration Success
  • Managing Invasive Species in Midwest River
  • Aesthetics in Stream Restoration
  • Rural Stream Restoration
  • Ecology and Stream Restoration
  • Stream Restoration and Agricultural Drainage
  • Lessons Learned:  Stream Restoration Failures (be a brave soul!)
  • Stream Restoration Education: Using Projects as Teaching Tools for the Public

For more information, visit: http://prrsum.umn.edu/symposium/2019-upper-midwest-stream-restoration-symposium

The 2019 Iowa Legislative Session is HERE!

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Welcome to the first day of session!

Exciting things are happening for rivers all across Iowa and we hope to see that reflected up at the State Capitol this year.  We are working with our amazing lobby team at Advocacy Strategies again this year and will be keeping you up to date on all things watershed-related throughout the session.

Look for regular updates, action alerts on key bills, and lists of public forums to attend from now through (likely) May.

Here is the link to Iowa Rivers Revival’s 2019 Legislative Priorities.

Feel free to reference this when speaking to your local elected officials and reach out if you would like more details about any of the specific priorities.  Bring it with you when you attend lobby days or visit the Capitol with other groups.

Mark your calendar: IRR’s Lobby Day and Popcorn Party will be taking place on Wednesday, April 17th from 1-3 PM in the Capitol Rotunda.  Please join us for fun, food and a chance to talk with local elected officials about the river issues that matter most to you, your family and your community.

Stay up to date with us via our website and our Facebook page

Iowa Rivers Revival Website

Thanks for the river love!

There is still time to nominate your town to be our next River Town of the Year!

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Iowa Rivers Revival is accepting nominations for the 2019 “River Town of the Year” Award.  We have extended our deadline to January 15th, to give applicants a little more time!

Communities across the state are embracing, protecting and celebrating their local rivers, and each year IRR showcases one Iowa town’s outstanding efforts to reclaim river-fronts as anchors for economic development, recreation, and good ecological practices.

IRR is still looking for the next city or town to honor in 2019. Cities or citizens may nominate their town.

Examples of award criteria include, but are not limited to these activities:

•  Innovative storm water controls and river protection measures.
•  Efforts to improve water quality.
•  Efforts to protect and enhance greenbelts and/or ecosystems.
•  Protection of threatened riparian habitat and species.
•  Participating with Iowa Water Trails program.
•  River tourism efforts.
•  Providing river access (programs, trails, portages, guide info)
•  Annual or seasonal river clean-up or event.
•  Partnerships to protect and enhance local river or stream.
•  Dam mitigation and/or safety awareness.

The award will be presented in spring of 2019 at reception hosted by Iowa Rivers Revival in the “River Town of the Year” community.  IRR also will work to provide additional opportunities to promote and recognize the “River Town of the Year” through media and river-related events.

You can download the application here.

For information on previous winning cities’ applications, IRR news releases, and news coverage check out our River Town of the Year page!

Questions?  Please email us at rtya@iowarivers.org, or call 515-724-4093.

 

Giving Tuesday

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Today is #GivingTuesday! As you think about your end of year giving, please consider a tax-deductible donation to Iowa Rivers Revival.

We are fighting hard EVERY DAY for:

  • sustainable funding for clean water through a science-based, watershed approach
  • training professionals in natural stream restoration techniques
  • working to secure funding to enhance dam mitigation and water trail projects
  • continuing to creatively and collaboratively de-politicize the conversation around water quality in the state of Iowa

But we can’t do it alone. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Donate toady and join the fight as we help Iowans protect, restore and enjoy our rivers.

Thanks for the river love

http://iowarivers.org/donate/

Help us find our next River Town of the Year!

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Photo courtesy of Northeast Iowa RC&D

 

Iowa Rivers Revival is now accepting nominations for the 2019 “River Town of the Year” Award. 

The deadline for submission is January 4, 2019.

The annual “River Town of the Year” Award recognizes and celebrates an Iowa community for exceptional efforts to reclaim its river and river-front as anchors for economic development, good ecological practices, and enhanced recreation.  Cities and towns are invited to apply for the award, or citizens may nominate their town.

The award recognizes efforts such as:  dam-safety projects, river clean-up projects, Water Trail designations, innovative storm water and river protection projects, river-oriented tourism efforts, walking/biking trails along the river, education and advocacy by local river or watershed groups, and efforts to enhance river use and appreciation (river events, restaurants, bed & breakfasts, bait shops, boat rentals, etc.)

The River Town of the Year Award highlights a city’s outstanding work to enhance connections to its river.

We are excited to learn about what communities are doing across the state to protect and enhance their local rivers and streams.  The award provides an opportunity to showcase local stewardship, and inspire other cities and towns.

The award will be presented in spring of 2019 at reception hosted by Iowa Rivers Revival in the “River Town of the Year” community.  IRR also will work to provide additional opportunities to promote and recognize the “River Town of the Year” through media and river-related events.

You can download the application here.

For information on previous winning cities’ applications, IRR news releases, and news coverage check out our River Town of the Year page!

Questions?  Please email us at rtya@iowarivers.org, or call 515-724-4093.

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