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There are 3 beach advisories for the week of 6/17:

3 Beaches with an E. coli-related Advisory:
Beed’s Lake Beach (Hampton, Franklin County, IA)*
Lower Pine Lake Beach (Eldora, Hardin County, IA)*
Union Grove Beach (Gladbrook, Tama County, IA)*

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


Learning about Wetlands: Wetland Educational Resources for All Ages

Last week, Water Program Associate Director Alicia Vasto joined the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators for a tour of Iowa State University research projects in Ames, IA. Stops along the tour included the “Comparison of Biofuel Cropping Systems (COBS) long-term research plots, a restored oxbow wetland and bioreactor site, and a saturated buffer study. ISU researchers and Iowa Nutrient Research Center (INRC) staff led the tour, describing the research, goals, and outcomes. Assistant Director of INRC, Kay Stefanik, shares more information on wetland education in this week’s featured guest piece.

Whether you are looking to improve your understanding of wetlands, wanting to add wetland content to your class lesson plans, considering adding a wetland to your farm, or looking for an educational display to have at a community event, there is a good chance that a wetland educational resource exists that will fit your needs. Resources come in a variety of formats including written, video, and hands-on demonstrations. Here are just a few resources that can help get you started on your wetland educational journey.


Celebrate summer at IEC's Lakeshore Party in Storm Lake!

Summer is underway and if you're like us, you're ready to get outside and enjoy Iowa's beautiful waterways. We want to celebrate one of these special places with you!

Join us for our Lakeshore Party in Storm Lake at Sunrise Park Shelter from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 for games and camaraderie by the lake. We'll have bocce, giant Jenga, kid-friendly activities, and more! You'll learn more about our recreation-focused program, Iowa Water Watch, and how to join and support our community of recreation enthusiasts.

Registration is free but there is an option to partake in hosted food and beverages starting at 5 p.m. for a minimum $10 donation. All donations go to support the work of IEC's Clean Water and Land Stewardship program. You have the option to donate with your online registration or at the event. Please RSVP by July 7 here.


IEC Employee Named to LGBTQ Leadership Institute

We are happy to announce that Ingrid Gronstal, Water Program Director of the Iowa Environmental Council, was recently welcomed to the newest session of the LGBTQ Leadership Institute at One Iowa.

Ingrid will complete a four-month program that helps individuals plan for and reach goals ranging from nonprofit leadership, community organization, and more.

You can learn more about the program here.

IEC's Water Matching Gift 

An anonymous, generous donor has challenged IEC to come up with $25,000 in fundraising to support the important work of our Water Program. Once we raise that amount, each gift will be matched dollar for dollar!

Will you make a gift today and help us meet this match? Support work like our Weekly Water Watch emails, beach advisory tracking, advocating to improve Iowa's water quality and land stewardship, and more. Learn more at www.iaenvironment.org.

Farmland Owner Legacy Award Celebration

Chris Henning will receive the 2022 Farmland Owner Legacy Award from the Practical Farmers of Iowa during an event at her farm in Jefferson on June 24. 

The field day will also give attendees a look at her farming practices and how Henning uses modern farming techniques to maximize efficiency while conserving the land.

This event is open to the public. For more details and to RSVP by June 18, click here.


Share Your Summer with IEC on Instagram

Follow us at @iowawaterwatch

Check out Iowa Water Watch on Instagram and give us a follow. Tag us on your photos using @iowawaterwatch and the #iowawaterwatch hashtag, so we can feature your photos throughout the summer with other readers.

Photo by @kelly._.renae

Photo by @jack.klein.photography


What's New in Iowa's Water News

Upcoming Water Events

• Boat Rentals at Ada Hayden Lake - Ada Hayden Park, Ames - June 18
Mississippi River Adult Voyageur Trip - Hurstville Interpretive Center, Jackson Co. - June 20
Summer Skills - Canoeing - Jester Park, Polk Co. - June 20
Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding - Hickory Grove Park, Story Co. - June 20
Open Kayak at Southwood Conservation Area - Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Woodbury Co. - June 21
Summertime Fishing and Fun - Gabrielson Park - Gustafson Lake, Buena Vista Co. - June 21
Kayak Safety Basics - Pinicon Ridge Park, Linn Co. - June 21
• Women in the Woods w/ Wine: Wild for Wetlands - Jester Park, Polk Co. - June 21
River Rangers - Pammel State Park, Madison Co. - June 22
• Sunset Eco Cruise - Rock Creek Marina, Clinton Co. - June 23
• Charles City Challenge 2022 - Charles City - June 24-26
Iowa Project AWARE - West Fork of Des Moines River - July 10-15


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