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.


2019 Spring Level 1 River Restoration Toolbox Workshops are OPEN–> and we’re having a party!

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Iowa’s River Restoration Toolbox Level 1/Base Training Workshops are taking place in Ames and Solon/Johnson County this year!


Register for Ames: May 13-16

Register for Solon/Johnson county: June 24-27

Course Details:

Learn about streambank stabilization and restoration techniques from Iowa experts and how to use the IDNR Toolbox to restore stream functions.  The workshop includes classroom lectures, field exercises, and visits to recently constructed stream restoration projects.

Featured Speaker: George Athanasakes

George is the Ecosystem Restoration Program Leader for Statec, and has 25 years of experience working on innovative stream restoration projects nationwide.  George has taught numerous restoration workshops, and worked with the IDNR river restoration planning team to create Iowa’s River Restoration Toolbox.

Who Should Attend?

Design professionals including engineers and landscape architects, biologists, ecologists, project managers, WMA Coordinators, natural resources specialists, urban conservationists, university faculty, floodplain managers, environmental professionals in Iowa and other interested professionals.

Level 2 coming THIS FALL!

We are thrilled to continue our grant partnership with the McKnight Foundation to grow all things River Restoration in Iowa and the Midwest in 2019 and 2020.  THANK YOU to all our amazing partners who helped make this possible.


What else is going on with IRR you ask?  Well, we’ve got some BIG/BEER news!

We couldn’t be more exited for this event and this opportunity to partner with our friends at Confluence Brewing Company and Confluence – Landscape Architecture!

The Local Cause Belgian-Style White Ale with coriander and orange peel will be released on March 22nd at noon. All net proceeds of the sale will be matched and donated to Iowa Rivers Revival!

Our favorite ladies from The Side Garage will be on-site from 4-6 PM with their mobile screen printer, and you’ll be bale to make your own IRR t-shirt! A percentage of shirt sales will ALSO be donated to Iowa Rivers Revival.

Come, bring your friends, drink, bid on a kayak, print a t-shirt, get a koozie and support a cause that is near and dear to our hearts and the heart of Iowans who love our 70,000 miles of rivers and streams in this state!


We hope to see you there!

Check out the Facebook event here!

More good news is coming soon so stay connected with us on Facebook.

LIKE Iowa Rivers Revival’s Facebook Page

Thanks for the river love <3

Tim Chicoine Memorial Fund Online Auction for a KAYAK!

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Check out this amazing KAYAK- on display NOW at CanoeSport Outfitters in Indianola through Demofest (April 6, 2019)!

We lost a great friend named Tim Chicoine on the river this year.  On behalf of Iowa Rivers Revival, we want to thank Tim’s family and friends for creating a memorial fund to honor his memory.  We are so grateful to be on the receiving end of these funds, and can’t wait to see someone on the river in this generously donated Current Designs Solar 120 recreational kayak!

Our hearts go out to Tim’s family and friends, who we had the pleasure of meeting and spending some time with at the 2019 Paddlesport Expo.  It is truly a privilege to partner with our friends at CanoeSport Outfitters and the Iowa paddling community to establish as lasting and impactful way to honor Tim’s legacy with these funds.

The online bidding is live NOW and is thanking place on the Bidding Owl website.

Bidding Owl website here

Simply go onto the website, create and account, sign in as a bidder and visit our page.

Link here: Iowa Rivers Revival’s page

Select the ‘Items’ tab and under ‘Sports’ you’ll find the kayak to select and bid on.  The auction will close on August 7th and the winner will be announced at a brewery event that day (more details to come).

Here is the direct link to the bidding page


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