National and state experts to demonstrate the multiple benefits of natural stream restoration.

Iowa Rivers Revival is co-sponsoring a mini-workshop focused on the benefits of natural stream restoration practices.  The three hour workshop is for policy-makers and community leaders in or near the Walnut Creek Watershed in the Des Moines metro area.  IRR is collaborating with the City of Clive, the Iowa Stormwater Education Program, and the International Erosion Control Association.

The mini-workshop will be held on Monday, October 13, 2014, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Clive Special Events Building, 1801 NW 114th St.  There is no fee to attend this workshop.  Please RSVP to Jenn Dreier at or 515.724.4093.

Natural Stream Restoration Mini-Workshop Program Agenda

Natural stream restoration improves water quality, protects infrastructure, reduces streambank erosion, reduces flooding, improves habitat, and enhances economic development.

The City of Clive is in its second year applying natural restoration methods along Walnut Creek and Little Walnut Creek for stormwater management and habitat restoration.  City leaders will share how they evolved from a “hard-armoring” approach (broken concrete) to a more natural approach that protects local infrastructure, enhances the greenbelt area, and wins public support.

Dave Derrick, a national expert, has over 30 years of restoration experience working with the Army Corp of Engineers, and he inspires an ecological ethic and sustainable approach to stream restoration.  Dave will show a range of projects that resulted in riparian corridor restoration, improved habitat, better public access, improved water quality, and reduced flooding.

State experts, including Iowa DNR Rivers Program coordinator Nate Hoogeveen, will present compelling, science-based information on urban and rural river and stream restoration opportunities in Iowa.  Pat Sauer, with the Iowa Storm Water Education Program, will discuss why our streams are unhealthy.  A brief field visit to nearby stream restoration project sites in Clive will follow the presentations.

The City of Clive and co-sponsors also are hosting a full four-day field and classroom training for engineers, field technicians, and development professionals on the latest bioengineering techniques used for streambank stabilization and stream habitat restoration.

Urban Streambank Stabilization and Stream Habitat Restoration
Monday, October 13 thru Thursday, October 16, 2014
Clive City Hall and Special Events Center

For more information about the full four-day training:

Training Agenda
Training Registration

**If you have interest in attending the four-day training, but may require some financial assistance, please contact Rosalyn Lehman at to discuss available options.

NW 86thStreet (looking upstream just west of pedestrian bridge)





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