Your Town could be the Next River Town of the Year!

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 Applications are now being taken for the 2014 River Town of the Year!

The annual River Town of the Year award recognizes an Iowa town or city for outstanding efforts to reclaim river-fronts as anchors for economic development, recreation, and good ecological practices.  Cities are invited to apply for the award, or citizens may nominate their town.

Applications are due by November 1, 2013.   The award will be presented in January 2014 at a reception hosted by Iowa Rivers Revival in the River Town of the Year community.

Click here for more details, an application, and examples from past winning communities.  Questions can be directed to Jenn Dreier, Administrative Coordinator for Iowa Rivers Revival.

A Wonderful Evening on the River with Charlotte & Fred Hubbell

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Hubbell Cruise - postcardOur Evening on the River
to Honor Charlotte & Fred Hubbell
& Support Iowa Rivers Revival
was a Success!

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

the Jon Anderson White Riverboat, Des Moines

 Thanks to all the sponsors and friends who helped us honor the Hubbells
for their long-time leadership to protect
Iowa’s rivers and environmental quality.
Hubbell Cruise poster

Thanks especially to Charlotte & Fred for their strong support and their eloquent remarks at the event  expressing great concern for Iowa’s rivers and water quality, and for passage of Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy fund.

IRR's honored guests Fred and Charlotte Hubbell with IRR Board members Linda Appelgate and Jerry Peckumn at a benefit for IRR September 18, 2013. Photo by Robert Brammer.
IRR’s honored guests Fred and Charlotte Hubbell with IRR Board members Linda Appelgate and Jerry Peckumn at a benefit for IRR, September 18, 2013. Photo by Robert Brammer.

IRR also appreciates the Jon Anderson White Riverboat crew and host and chef Michael R. LaValle for supporting IRR and  Iowa’s rivers!




River Rascals return for 5th year of fun & learning

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IRR’s River Rascals returned to the water in July 2013 for a fifth year of fun and learning! Thanks to all who help bring this model program to Des Moines Metro Area youth.

River Rascals gives urban kids the chance to experience the wonders of rivers and their surrounding natural environment with caring adult volunteers and mentors. River Rascals get instruction on paddling, fishing, water safety, river etiquette, river biology and water quality monitoring.

It takes a lot of friends each year to deliver this program! IRR partners with Children and Family Urban Ministries, the Iowa DNR and many dedicated volunteers. Special thanks to River Rascals Leader and IRR board member Robin Fortney, CFUM Program Coordinator Jackie Myers, DNR River Programs’ John Wenck and IOWATER staff, IRR board member Mary Skopec, supporter Sue Caley, and Central Iowa Paddlers. Thanks, also, to River Rascals’ 2013 business partners Bass Pro Shops, Klean Kanteen, Hy-Vee and In The Bag for help with supplies and meals, plus outfitter assistance from Polk and Johnson County Conservation Boards.

Click here to learn more about the River Rascal program.


Successful Event Honoring our River Champions!

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Photo courtesy of Leland Searles
Photo courtesy of Leland Searles

We hope all who were able to attend enjoyed the River Champion Open House and the view from the 22nd floor of the Plaza. Our wonderful hosts and long-time river champions David Hurd and Trudy Holman-Hurd join us in extending warm appreciation to everyone who joined us to help make the afternoon memorable.

Check out our photo gallery to find a web album from the open house. Thanks to Leland Searles, graduate of our Master River Stewards Program, who graciously donated this image and most of those featured in the album.

Thank you to all the River Champions who generously support IRR with $250 or more each year. You are truly the backbone of our work. Your help makes it possible for IRR to mobilize Iowans across the state to defend, protect, preserve and celebrate our rivers and streams.

We couldn’t do it without you!

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