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There are 3 beach advisories for the week of 5/26

3 Beaches with an E. coli Advisory:
Lake Keomah Beach (Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, IA)*
Lower Pine Lake Beach (Eldora, Hardin County, IA)*
Union Grove Beach (Gladbrook, Tama County, IA)*

2 City and County Beaches exceed the state’s advisory threshold for E. coli.*
View the map on our website to see where they are.

*Data from the Iowa DNR State Park Beach Monitoring Program **Data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

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We're back! Welcome to Weekly Water Watch 2023

With the Memorial Day holiday upon us, the start of summer recreation, and weekly beach monitoring, summer has begun! With that comes the start of IEC’s Weekly Water Watch series. You can rely on us to provide beach advisories every Friday and timely water news throughout the summer recreation season.  

Our hope this summer, and every summer since we started Weekly Water Watch, is that you’ll be able to get outside and enjoy Iowa’s rivers and lakes, learn more about Iowa’s water issues, and gain tools and knowledge to feel empowered to call for policy change to protect and improve our precious natural resources. 

Iowa state parks open fully this weekend, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District are now conducting weekly beach monitoring. This year, Iowa DNR has updated its beach monitoring webpage and map. The updated webpage has the same information, but in an easier-to-digest format. It also now includes the full results of the DNR’s monitoring, so you can see what the E. coli and microcystin levels are at every beach each week. 

We will continue to provide the full list of beach advisories in our newsletters and updated on our Google map each week. Monitoring will continue through Labor Day weekend. This week, there are three beach advisories at monitored public beaches.  

Why do we care about Iowa’s beaches?  

Iowa’s lakes are an important part of the quality of life we enjoy in our state. We know Iowans love being outside and on the water. Additionally, beaches and water recreation sites are critical economic drivers for many Iowa communities; in some cases, those same water bodies are drinking water sources. 

IEC shares beach advisory information as part of Weekly Water Watch in an easy-to-understand format that makes it possible for you to plan a weekend beach trip with confidence. We also hope you’ll learn a little more about why our beaches and water are at risk, and what you can do to help. Check out the data we’ve tracked on Iowa’s beach advisories.  

Read the full story on IEC's website to learn about E. coli and microcystin and how it endangers the health of you, your family, and your pets.

New Iowa DNR beach monitoring page

Lake of Three Fires, July 2022

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Pro H2O 2023 is good time for anyone who cares about water

We're just weeks away from IEC's tenth annual Pro H2O celebration and fundraiser! We'll gather in person at The River Center in Des Moines and West O Beer near Okoboji for in person camaraderie, live music, award presentations, and other fun surprises. 

If you can't attend in person, we're bringing back our online auction with dozens of new and exciting items that anyone, anywhere in Iowa can bid on and enjoy. Bidding opens on June 1. 

Get your tickets to attend in person, and mark your calendar for the online auction. We look forward to celebrating with you this summer! 

New IEC site highlights failings of Iowa's NRS at 10 years

As Iowa's Big Ag groups celebrate a 'Defining Decade,' IEC unveiled our new website - Iowa's Declining Decade - to media outlets on the tenth anniversary of the state's Nutrient Reduction Strategy. 

DecliningDecade.org cuts through big ag propaganda and reminds Iowans of the lack of progress made on the state's pollution reduction goals through the taxpayer-funded NRS. 

Visit the website to learn more about how IEC continues to call for real measures to reduce fertilizer pollution in Iowa's waters and then share widely!

IEC hiring for water, EJ, organizing and more

We're excited to share that IEC is currently seeking candidates for three openings with the organization. 

View the job descriptions to learn more about the positions, which focus on communications and organizing in support of work for our Clean Water and Land initiatives, environmental justice efforts, and our Energy and Climate work. 

View the job descriptions for more information, including benefits and salary details. If you or someone you know would be a good fit for one of these full-time roles, submit an application by Tuesday, May 30. 


What's new in Iowa's water news:

Upcoming water events:

• TRI Clear Lake Triathalon/Splash & Dash - Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo Co. - May 26 - 27
• LMSA Sailboat Races - Lake Manawa, Pottawattamie Co. - May 30 - 31
Kayak at Green Castle Recreation Area - Marshall Co. - May 31
• Family Fishing Challenge - Central Park, Jones Co. - June 1
• Sunset Eco Cruise - Rock Creek Marina, Clinton Co. - June 1
Waterski Show - Five in One Dam, Linn Co. - June 1
• DNR Free Fishing Weekend - All Iowa - June 2 - 4
Great Iowa River Race - Johnson Co. - June 10
IEC's PRO H2O - Des Moines, Okoboji - June 15


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