Why Should YOU Register for a River Restoration Workshop?

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2018 Cedar Falls Workshop

Promote your work and add value to your organization

Iowa Rivers Revival publishes graduates’ information on their website, so they can be searched, found, hired and celebrated for good work and cool projects!  Take a look: http://iowarivers.org/river-restoration-graduates/

Enhance projects and access funds

Iowa’s River Restoration Toolbox brings efficiency and quality to river projects, and funders are taking notice. SRF and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District reference using of the toolbox for sponsored stream restoration and mitigation projects. Other project funders are following suit in either requiring it as a baseline assessment or this training as a competitive  consideration.


Folks are doing some amazing stream restoration in the region.  Join the community of River Restoration Rockstars and have access to a diverse network of professionals who can share project success stories, offer field day opportunities, and help you advocate for the work you want to do.




“Taking the River Restoration Toolbox training really helped me visualize the functions of rivers, how to work with natural systems, and how to identify the best techniques to use in restoration projects. This training elevated my perspective to design restoration projects with a holistic approach.

The River Restoration Toolbox training was a hands-on, boots-on-the-ground experience that offered high-level and in-depth perspectives on designing successful restoration projects. I’ve been able to take the techniques I learned, share them with my colleagues, and apply them to projects to improve the overall outcome… I think every civil/environmental engineer/designer should have to take this training.”


~Katie Goff, Environmental Scientist

Foth Infrastructure and Environment, LLC

2018 Workshop Participant

Let’s talk about Lobby Day and River Restoration

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Iowa Rivers Revival is hosting a Lobby Day on Wednesday, April 17th from 1-3 PM at the Iowa State Capitol in the Rotunda under the golden dome.  We hope you can come up and join us.  The purpose of lobby days is to network and talk to Senators and Representatives about the issues that matter to YOU.  IRR’s 2019 Legislative Priorities are clearly outlined and can provide talking points, but the most important story to tell is yours.  What do you hope for rivers in your community and your state?  What are you questions or concerns, and how can policy and the people who craft it make your hopes a reality?

*View of the Mississippi River from 2019 River Town of the Year Award Winner Guttenberg, Iowa

You can find the 2019 Legislative Priorities HERE

We will be talking about the downtown water trail project, flood mitigation options, state-wider river restoration, low-head dam mitigation, and all the amazing things that raising the sales tax and funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund could do for Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy.  Plus, there will be popcorn!

*2018 River Restoration Toolbox Workshop in Cedar Falls, Iowa

As the flood waters begin to recede, we need to start talking about the importance and significance of river restoration.  This includes reconnection to floodplains, wetland and oxbow restoration, streambank stabilization, low-head dam mitigation and other techniques that slow down and retain water.  Our state desperately needs to embrace river restoration and we are happy to report that environmental professionals are leading the way.

Iowa Rivers Revival is doing our part to help train engineers, contractors, watershed management coordinators, and others in river restoration best practices that provide multiple benefits.  We are offering our Level 1/Base Training River Restoration Toolbox Workshops this spring in two locations; Ames and Johnson County/Solon. 

Ames Workshop Registration HERE

Solon Workshop Registration HERE


Thanks for the river love


The weekend is HERE! Let’s celebrate…and attend a legislative forum :)

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Ok, settle in- here’s what’s going on in the river world.

The Iowa Legislative Session has about a month left.  Next Friday is the second funnel deadline and a lot of budget drafts came out this week INCLUDING the House Infrastructure with a $500,000 line item for low-head dam mitigation and water trails.

We need YOU to let your legislators know how important this funding is to projects in communities across the state. Flood mitigation and community revitalization is often a direct result of these projects with an outstanding return on investment.

Where can you find your legislators?

  1. Attend a forum this weekend:
Saturday, March 30th
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Forum – Kellogg (Rep. Breckenridge)
Fire Station, 414 Front Street, Kellogg, IA 50135
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Forum – Johnston (Sen. Zaun and Rep. Derry)
Johnston City Hall, 6221 Merle Hay Rd., Johnston, IA 50131
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Breakfast – Mount Pleasant (Area legislators)
IWU Chadwick Library, 601 North Main, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Spencer (Rep. Megan Jones)
City Hall, Council Chambers, 418 2nd Ave. West, Spencer, IA 51301
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Wake-Up – Ames (Story County area legislators)
Ames City Council, 515 Clark Street, Ames, IA 50010
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Grimes (Rep. Derry)
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Listening Post – Ankeny (Rep. Heather Matson)
Woodside Middle School, 5810 NE 14th , Ankeny, IA 50313
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Clarinda (Sen. Costello and Rep. Dolecheck)
Glen Miller Birthplace, 122 W. Clark, Clarinda, IA 51632
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Mason City(Sen. Ragan)
Public Library, 225 2nd Street, SE, Mason City, IA 50401
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Legislative Forum – Okoboji (Rep. Megan Jones)
Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 Hwy. 71, Okoboji, IA 51355
Monday, April 4th
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee with Marti-Des Moines (Rep. Marti Anderson)
Grounds for Celebration, 2645 Beaver, Des Moines, IA 50310
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Your Voice, My Voice – Des Moines (Rep. Ako Adbul-Samad)
HyVee, 3330 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., Des Moines, IA 50310
You can also speak with them at IRR’s Lobby Day on April 17th!  We’ll be in the State Capitol Rotunda with all of our river-loving friends and can help you meet up with your elected officials to talk about projects in your county.  ALL are welcome.
We will also be celebrating our 2019 River Town of the Year: Guttenberg!
Reminder that we have one week left to bid online for a brand new kayak courtesy of our friends at Current Designs and CanoeSport Outfitters.
Proceeds will benefit the Tim Chicoine Memorial Fund and ongoing safety training and support for paddlers.
Thanks for the river love <3

Local Cause Beer Release Party THIS FRIDAY!

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From our friends at Confluence Brewing Company:

“Our Local Cause Belgian-Style White Ale will be released in the taproom at noon on Friday, March 22nd. All net proceeds from the sale of this beer will be matched by Confluence Landscape Architecture Firm and donated to Iowa Rivers Revival.

We took some inspiration from a recent national fundraiser within the brewing community and realized that Confluence Brewing should do something to help benefit a local cause in Iowa. A few meetings later, we had the framework in place. A brewery collaborating with a business to double the contribution. Who better to team up with on the first go-around than another Confluence (Landscape Architecture and Planning) and Iowa Rivers Revival, who share a common interest in Iowa rivers. Rivers and people, coming together to make things better!”

Happy Hour Festivities are from Friday, March 22nd from 4-6 PM

The Side Garage will be on-site with their mobile screen printer and you’ll be able to make your own Iowa Rivers Revival t-shirt!  Anyone who puts a donation in the jar gets a free IRR koozie!  It’s going to be a great time to get together, try a new beer, network and talk about rivers!

BIG THANKS to our partners who made this event ALL possible; Confluence Brewing Company and Confluence Landscape Architects.

For more details, check out the Facebook event here!

Our popcorn party will be here before you know it!  Lobby day is your chance to come up to the Capitol with like-minded folks and talk with elected officials about the issues that matter to YOU!  Well have information available about IRR’s Legislative Priorities complete with talking points and would love help connect you with your Representative and/or Senator.

On Wednesday, April 17th from 1-3 PM, we will be highlighting our work in river restoration around the state, advocating for funding for low-head dam mitigation and water trails and speaking up about funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.  We’ll also be celebrating Guttenberg; our 2019 River Town of the Year Award Winner!  Please join us for a mid-afternoon popcorn snack and conversations about rivers!


Last thing is just a friendly little reminder about our online kayak auction going on NOW!

Proceeds of this online auction will go towards the Tim Chicoine Memorial Fund.

Check it out and bid here!

Have a great week and thanks for the river love!

PS. See you Friday 🙂

Iowa Rivers Revival announces 2019 River Town of the Year: Guttenberg!

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*in their own words

“Guttenberg is a beautiful community located on the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa.  Guttenberg is also on the National Scenic Byways and the Great River Road.  Tucked between the Mississippi River and the Limestone Bluffs that edged the frontier, the area now known as Guttenberg, is an Iowa Great Place.  No matter which way visitors enter, they are welcomed by dramatic overlooks of the historic town and the plethora of natural resource treasures that surround it.  This historic German community is nestled in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, next to stately US Army Corp of Engineer Lock and Dam Number 10 and numerous local, state and private natural resource ares, Guttenberg is a shining example of an Iowa community that embraces its past, welcomes its future and recognizes its potential!”


By selecting Guttenberg as 2019’s River Town of the Year, Iowa Rivers Revival (IRR) hopes to highlight; partnerships to protect and enhance local rivers and streams, innovative storm water controls and river protection measures, efforts to improve water quality, historical and cultural preservation, providing river access, efforts to protect and enhance greenbelts and ecosystems, education and advocacy by local watershed groups and river tourism efforts.  The city of Guttenberg has all this and more!

IRR board members will be traveling to Guttenberg on April 8th to present the City Manager and others with this esteemed award as part of a celebration before their monthly City Council meeting.

If you’re in Des Moines, join us to celebrate Guttenberg and ALL things river related at IRR’s Lobby Day at the Capitol on April 17th from 1-3 PM in the Rotunda.


We are auctioning off a kayak to raise money for the Tim Chicoine Memorial Fund!

You can bid online using our Bidding Owl Site here!

Simply create an account, then look under the View Items tab to find the kayak information (pictured below).

Thanks for the river love.


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