Iowa Rivers Revival is happy to announce that there will be multiple chances statewide this year to become a Master River Steward! In 2016, IRR was able to train certified Master River Stewards Program (MRSP) instructors across the state, who in turn are bringing the program to you! The aim of MRSP is to engage and educate Iowans about a broad range of river issues, and to create a citizenry that is knowledgeable and will advocate for Iowa rivers so that current and future generations can enjoy these important natural resources.
MRSP brings 32 hours of instruction to Iowans on:
- River and stream dynamics
- River and riparian habitats and wildlife
- River paddling and navigation
- River chemistry and water monitoring
- River and stream restoration and stewardship
- Policies related to protecting river and stream water quality
- Group projects will be conducted following the course in the participants own communities
Below is a schedule of upcoming courses, linked with contact information for their location. Please do not hesitate to contact one of the groups below or IRR with questions. Hope you can join us!
Iowa Rivers Revival is now accepting nominations for the 2017 “River Town of the Year.” The deadline is January 6, 2017.
This annual award recognizes and celebrates 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.
We are excited to learn about what communities are doing across the state to protect and enhance their local rivers and streams. This award provides and opportunity to showcase local stewardship and inspire others.
The award will be presented early 2017 at a reception hosted by Iowa Rivers Revival in the “River Town of the Year” community and at a separate event at the Iowa State Capitol. IRR will also work to provide additional opportunities to promote and recognize the “River Town of the Year” through media and river-related events.
To view the application and for more River Town of the Year information, please see our River Town of the Year page.
Iowa Rivers Revival is looking for a great river photo (ideally with people in it or some indication of people involvement, e.g. the bow of a boat) for the front of our 2016 holiday card. Winning photo will earn the photographer $50 and recognition in the form of the photographer’s name (and town, email, or website) on the back.
Please submit any photos to Jenn Dreier at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday Nov 15.
Include name of photographer, location and date taken.
Director, Molly Hanson, recently had a chance to speak with Michael Libbie on The News Hour Insight on Business (on air week days 5-6 FM 104.5). Listen to Molly encourage citizens, lawmakers and businesses to take a good look at how rivers can once again become a focal point for so many Iowa communities here!