IRR is looking for a Great River Town!

Iowa Rivers Revival is now accepting nominations for the 2018 “River Town of the Year” Award. 

The deadline for submission is December 15, 2017.

The annual “River Town of the Year” Award recognizes and celebrates an Iowa community for exceptional efforts to reclaim its river and river-front as anchors for economic development, good ecological practices, and enhanced recreation.  Cities and towns are invited to apply for the award, or citizens may nominate their town.

The award recognizes efforts such as:  dam-safety projects, river clean-up projects, Water Trail designations, innovative storm water and river protection projects, river-oriented tourism efforts, walking/biking trails along the river, education and advocacy by local river or watershed groups, and efforts to enhance river use and appreciation (river events, restaurants, bed & breakfasts, bait shops, boat rentals, etc.)

The River Town of the Year Award highlights a city’s outstanding work to enhance connections to its river.  For example, the 2017 River Town of the Year, Clive (in suburban Des Moines), was honored especially for focusing on water quality of Walnut Creek, as well as making the Walnut Creek Greenbelt the recreational, cultural, and natural heart of the community.

We are excited to learn about what communities are doing across the state to protect and enhance their local rivers and streams.  The award provides an opportunity to showcase local stewardship, and inspire other cities and towns.

The award will be presented in early 2018 at a public 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 also will work to provide additional opportunities to promote and recognize the “River Town of the Year” through media and river-related events.

For information on previous winning cities’ applications, IRR news releases, and news coverage check out our River Town of the Year page!

Questions?  Please email us at, or call 515-724-4093.

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