River Restoration Toolbox Level 1/Base Training is open for registration!

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) River Restoration Toolbox is LIVE on the website and Iowa Rivers Revival is a proud partner of this work!

Iowa’s River Restoration Toolbox is a series of best management practices developed to assist designers in stream stabilization and restoration projects in Iowa with proven techniques with emphasis on incorporating natural materials, such as logs, stone, and live plantings.  Rivers and streams, their channels and valleys, are a defining feature of Iowa’s landscape.   They have formed and evolved over thousands of years, in response to the climate, soils, and geologic setting of their watersheds.  Human modifications to the landscape, and to the rivers themselves, have altered these waterways contributing to problems including bank erosion, habitat loss, flooding, reduced water quality, and challenges to boater safety.  River restorations are designed to overcome the effects of these alterations and improve the function and value of our waterways.

Projects such as dam removals and mitigations, bank stabilizations, and installation of riparian buffers have been shown to improve the health of aquatic life and increase fish populations, benefit wildlife, reduce flood damage, protect agricultural land, increase recreational opportunities and make them safer and more enjoyable, and bring economic benefits to nearby communities.

To promote this important work and the reinforce practical applications of the best management practices (maximizing multiple benefits) in the Toolbox, IRR is partnering with Iowa Storm Water Education Partnership, The State Revolving Fund, the Iowa DNR and Stantec to bring two Level 1/Base Training Workshops to a location near you this fall!

If you are someone you know might be interested in participating in one of our fall workshops, please check out the registration options and choose from the Clive or Cedar Falls location.

REGISTER NOW!  Classes are limited to 24 participants per class so sign up TODAY!



Looking for things to do the rest of this summer? Here are some suggestions to keep you busy!


Try it before you buy it!

Crawdaddy Outdoors Kayak Demo DaysAugust 4, 9 & 23
Try out different kayaks before you commit to a purchase!  Avenue of the Saints Lake, rural Waverly.  This is located 1 mile west of the Hwy 3 and Hwy 218 intersection.  Turn south on Aspen Avenue and follow the gravel until you reach the lake.

Take a trip down a beautiful River!

The Great River Rumble– July 28 – Aug 4
Join other river lovers and travel 102 miles down two Midwestern Rivers!    Paddle the Des Moines and Mississippi rivers from Keosauqua, IA to Hannibal, MO.  July 28 -August 4, 2018

Learn some new skills and Appreciate Nature!

Full Moon Float – July 27 & August 26
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is offering opportunities to float on Gray’s Lake under the stars and listen to the calming sounds of the night. Rentals are offered 8:30 – 11 p.m. and are $6 per boat per half hour.

Stand up Paddleboarding– August 1, 9, & 21
Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation at Greys’s Lake and learn the skills and knowledge needed to SUP in a flat water setting.

Prairie Lakes Conference – August 9-11
Take part in a unique opportunity for lake management professionals, citizens and researchers to come together and focus on improving the water quality of the outstanding lake resources found in the Midwest.  Stay for the weekend and take in the all-day event at the Okoboji Blue Water Festival. Find out more information at: https://www.okobojibluewaterfestival.com.

Help clean up our waterways!

Yeader Creek CleanupJuly 28
Join INHF, United By Blue, Active Endeavors, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Polk County Conservation and Polk Soil and Water Conservation District for a creek cleanup at Ewing.

River Run Garbage Grab August 10
17th Annual River Run Garbage Grab gives volunteers the opportunity to remove trash from the river or along its adjacent trails–paddlers, rowers, power boaters, walkers, hikers, bicyclers, mountain bikers, birders, etc are all welcome!

4 Mile Creek Clean up August 10
Polk Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a clean-up site along Fourmile Creek as part of the Annual River Run Garbage Grab. Meet at the Fourmile Community Recreation Center and then walking along and in the creek (depending on water level) picking up trash.


Join us for Plastic Free July

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It is not the plastic in the oceans we should be worrying about the most,” says Martin Wagner, an associate professor at NTNU’s Department of Biology, “but the stuff that ends up in rivers and lakes.”


We are joining our friends at Urban Ambassadors for Plastic Free July by NOT using plastic straws and encouraging the restaurants and bars we frequent to do the same.   If you want to join us is removing single use plastics from your life, check out the links below for tips to get started:


“In many cases, it’s society and not research that contributes to the biggest difference when looking at solutions. We’re seeing an ever-increasing political and social movement to combat plastic waste,” Wagner says



Extra Extra – Read All About It!

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We have been hard at work, putting all of our media in one place!  Everything can all be found on our new Photos and Media page under News!  We are still working on cataloging 10 years of Media – so keep checking back now and then.  In the meantime, here are some great things you might see:

Newspaper Clippings – Articles you may have missed, or want to read again:

Photos from one of our many events (are you in there?):

Great Video Presentations and Clips:

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