There are 14 beach advisories for the week of 8/14

12 Beaches with an E. coli-related Advisory:
Backbone Beach (Dundee, Delaware County, IA)*
Denison Beach (Black Hawk Lake, Lake View, Sac County, IA)*
George Wyth Beach (Waterloo, Black Hawk County, IA)*
Lake Darling Beach (Brighton, Washington County, IA)*
Lake Keomah Beach (Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, IA)*
Lower Pine Lake Beach (Eldora, Hardin County, IA)*
McIntosh Woods Beach (Clear Lake, Ventura, Cerro Gordo County, IA)*
Nine Eagles Beach (Davis City, Decatur County, IA)*
North Overlook Beach (Lake Red Rock, Pella, Marion County, IA)**
Prairie Rose Beach (Harlan, Shelby County, IA)*
Union Grove Beach (Gladbrook, Tama County, IA)*
Whitebreast Beach (Lake Red Rock, Pella, Marion County, IA)**

2 Beaches with an Microcystin-related Advisory:
Lake Darling Beach (Brighton, Washington County, IA)*
Union Grove Beach (Gladbrook, Tama County, IA)*

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

IEC Announces 2020 Pro H2O Award Winners

The Iowa Environmental Council is getting set to host Pro H2O online on September 10, delivering live music, local craft beers and food, and inspiring messages from staff and founders as we celebrate our 25th year. The party will also continue to recognize Iowans doing important work to protect and improve our state’s waterways with our awards program.

We're excited to introduce our 2020 award winners for the Youth Innovation and Business Innovation categories. Shreya Khullar and Caroline Mascardo will receive the Youth Innovation award for their entry in the EPA's "See it Bloom, Give it Room" video contest. The high schoolers' stop motion video highlighted algal bloom dangers. 

The Business Innovation award will go to the Wings2Water program with Cedar Rapids' Eastern Iowa Airport. The new non-profit raises money from individual and corporate donations to fund water quality projects in Linn and Johnson Counties. Marty Lenss, Director with the Eastern Iowa Airport, will receive the award at the live virtual event next month. 

Make plans now to join us for the virtual celebration on September 10 for live music, drink and snack packages from local craft brewers across Iowa, and recognition of these Iowans and others who have played an important role in protecting Iowa's water during IEC's 25 years. 

2020 Youth Innovation Winners

Wings2Water Program


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Lake Okoboji, Dickinson Co., IA
Photo credit: @mybojilife

Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo Co., IA 
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What's New in Iowa's Water News

DNR: Hy-Vee spills 800 gallons of milk impacting Ankeny Fourmile Creek (KCCI)
Hurricane cut size of this summer's Gulf ‘dead zone,’ but work remains for Iowa, other states (Des Moines Register)
Gully Washers (Modern Farmer)
Campaign Encourages All Iowans to Take Active Role in Improving Water Quality  (IDALS)
Online information available for Prairie Rose Lake Water Quality Improvement Plan (IA DNR)
Lower Skunk River project funding extended (Daily Gate City)
Orient Lake Water Quality Improvement Plan (KSIB)

Upcoming Water Events

Family Fishing Friday - First Catch Center Iowa, Johnston - Aug. 14
Fishing Has No Boundaries - Rock Creek Marina, Camanche - Aug. 15
Light Up the Lake - Morman Trail County Park, Bridgewater - Aug. 15
Mussel Beach Cruise - Rock Creek Marina, Camanche - Aug. 17
Building Better Birders Eco Cruise- Rock Creek Marina, Camanche - Aug. 19
Lunch Kayaking at Sand Lake - Sand Lake Rec. Area, Marshalltown - Aug. 19
Paddle in the Park: Canoe - Hartman Reserve Nature, Cedar Falls - Aug. 21
Paddle in the Park: Kayak - Hartman Reserve Nature, Cedar Falls - Aug. 21
Summertime Float - Pinicon Ridge Park, Central City - Aug. 22
Canoe Chichaqua - Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Maxwell - Aug. 22


Iowa Environmental Council
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 Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2317

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