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There are 8 beach advisories for the week of 7/2

5 Beaches with an E. coli-related Advisory:
Backbone Beach (Dundee, Delaware County, IA)
Lake Darling Beach (Brighton, Washington County, IA)
Lake Keomah Beach (Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, IA)
Prairie Rose Beach (Harlan, Shelby County, IA)
Union Grove Beach (Gladbrook, Tama County, IA)

3 Beaches with a Microcystin-related Advisory:
Lake Darling Beach (Brighton, Washington County, IA)
Lower Pine Lake Beach (Eldora, Hardin County, IA)
Rock Creek Beach (Kellogg, Jasper County, IA)

*Data from the Iowa DNR State Park Beach Monitoring Program

Note: There is currently a harmful algae bloom (HAB) at Saylorville Lake. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ testing earlier this week came in below advisory levels (8 mg/l), but the algae bloom is growing and anticipated to reach advisory levels in the coming days. See their announcement on Facebook. You are advised to be cautious when visiting Saylorville Lake. Here’s what to watch for when swimming this summer.

IEC joins coalition calling for a new federal Mississippi River initiative

From headwaters to the gulf, groups say it’s time to restore the river and support resilient river communities.

The Great Lakes, Everglades, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound. What do these national treasures have that the Mississippi River does not? A dedicated federal restoration program. But with the introduction of a new bill, Representative Betty McCollum of Minnesota and original co-sponsors Rep. Cori Bush (MO-01), Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03), Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09), and Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-02) aim to change that. 

Their bill would authorize a new federal Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative (MRRRI) to coordinate restoration and resilience opportunities up and down the Mississippi River corridor.

In the headwaters state of Minnesota, Friends of the Mississippi River Executive Director Whitney Clark said that while there are several programs and initiatives that have made great strides for the river’s health “We need a coordinated, holistic approach — one that respects and supports local solutions, as MRRRI does — to truly address the Mississippi River’s complex problems. Rivers don’t respect political boundaries.” 


What if the NRS Actually Reduced Nutrient Pollution? 

IEC has released an updated analysis and corresponding policy recommendations showing that the pace and scale of conservation practice implementation continues to be insufficient to tackle Iowa’s nutrient pollution problem. According to data from the most recent Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) annual report, Iowa hasn’t managed to pick up the pace.

Read an overview of the report in our newsroom. 

Microcystin: What to Watch for When You're Swimming

With three microcystin advisories this week, a growing harmful algae bloom (HAB) at Saylorville Lake, and a hot holiday weekend ahead, it’s important to know the causes and risks of HABs in recreational waters.

Our newest video shares the economic and health impacts of HABs to Iowa business and families. Watch and share to help protect yourself and others you care about. Then subscribe to our YouTube channel to continue exploring our library and get access to the latest videos.

MRN Public Petition for New Vision for the Mississippi River 

The Mississippi River Network is collecting signatures from the general public in support of MRRRI.  

By gathering 5,000 signatures, the petition will demonstrate the thousands of Americans that care about the long-term health of the Mississippi River and the communities that depend on it. 

Please add your name in support of MRRRI, and then share the petition!


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What's New in Iowa's Water News

•  Environmental group: Iowa’s waterway cleanup plan could take 22,000 years (Iowa Capital Dispatch
•  In the Corn Belt, planting of cover crops plateaus, even as interest grows in their potential to address the climate crisis (EWG)
•  Iowa Can Fix Its Water Quality Problem, But ‘Voluntary’ Actions Limit Progress (Iowa Starting Line)
•  In Iowa, there’s nowhere to turn for clean water (The Gazette)
•  Water Quality and Iowans’ Lake-Based Recreation: New Results from the 2019 Iowa Lakes Survey (Iowa Learning Farms)
•  Study: Nitrate Contamination In Water More Likely To Affect Lower Income Communities In Iowa (Iowa Public Radio)
•  The Battle Over Bloody Run Creek (Iowa Public Radio)

Upcoming Water Events

Youth Fishing Program 1 - Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Woodbury County - July 2
Youth Fishing Program 2 - Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Woodbury County - July 6
ICCB Summer Camp Take Home Kit: Jr. Naturalist (9-13 yr old) - Aquatic Habitats and Animals - Dale Noyes Shelter, Lake Iowa Park - July 7
ICCB Summer Camp Take Home Kit: Storytime (3-4 yr old) - Aquatic Habitats and Animals - Dale Noyes Shelter, Lake Iowa Park - July 7
Kayak Safety Basics - Pinicon Ridge Park, Linn County - July 7
Wakeboard Camp 2021 - Session 1 - Twin Lakes Bible Camp - June 27
Family Kayaking - Sand Lake Rec Area, Marshall County - July 8
New Mapping Project around Storm Lake - Storm Lake Area Education Agency office - July 8
Iowa Project AWARE - Lacey-Keosauqua State Park - July 11-16
Workshop #1: Every Farm Matters - Online, PFI - July 30
Pro H2O 2021 - DSM & Satellite Locations - Sept. 16


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