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:

Your Projects – Their Funding!

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Opportunities for state funding are available now!


West Nishnabotna River

Thanks to YOUR advocacy, OUR voices for Iowa rivers was STRENGTHENED this session and a budget line item was restored to support mitigation and enhancement efforts around the state!

If your community is looking to revive the riverfront, consider applying for a Dam Mitigation Grant or a Water Trail Enhancement Grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Rivers Program.  Projects like these can spearhead economic development, workforce development, recreational opportunities and tourism.

For more information, visit the Iowa DNR’s website.

Dam Mitigation Grants
Application deadline is Sept. 14, 2018

The Iowa Legislature appropriated funds for fiscal year 2018 for the development of dam mitigation and water trail projects. A portion the funds ($200,000 for this fiscal year) are available competitively for dam mitigation cost-share grants. Dam owners and other eligible entities are encouraged to apply for cost-share assistance for projects that reduce recreational hazards and enhance aquatic species connectivity.

Water Trail Enhancement Grants
Application deadline is Sept. 14, 2018

The Iowa Legislature appropriated funds for fiscal year 2018 for the development of dam mitigation and water trail projects. A portion of the funds ($130,000 this fiscal year) are available competitively for water trail enhancement cost-share grants. Local divisions of Iowa government are encouraged to apply for cost-share assistance for infrastructure or infrastructure improvements along state designated water trails or water trails on track for state designation.


Iowa Department of Natural Resources River Restoration Toolbox is LIVE!

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Iowa’s River Restoration Toolbox is a recently completed 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.

Yellow River

The Toolbox effort initially researched and merged common engineering and restoration practices. It was then reviewed and adapted by a statewide team of Iowa engineering, river restoration, project management, and aquatic habitat professionals from various cities, state agencies, federal, and non-governmental organizations with a stake in its development. This resource helps design teams evaluate streams and apply successful practices.

The Toolbox contains two main components: An assessment tool, and a series of practice guidelines.




Step 1: Assessing Your Stream Reach and Making Decisions 

Understanding driving factors that cause your unstable stream segment to erode or damage infrastructure prior to jumping to solutions leads to stable, cost-effective solutions. Misidentified solutions cause future instabilities in the dynamic stream setting, leading to costly repairs and unintended damage.

Step 2: The Practice Guide 

Once a project’s directions are determined, thorough design and proper contractor understandings and execution are the keys for project stability.

Check out the toolbox here:

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