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There are 12 beach advisories for the week of 8/20

  • 9 Beaches with an E. coli-related Advisory:
  • Backbone Beach (Dundee, Delaware County, IA)*
  • George Wyth Beach (Waterloo, Black Hawk County, IA)*
  • Lake Manawa Beach (Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie 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)*
  • 3 Beaches with a Microcystin-related Advisory:
    Green Valley Beach (Creston, Union County, IA)*
    Lake Darling Beach (Brighton, Washington County, IA)*

    Lower Pine Lake Beach (Eldora, Hardin County, IA)*
  • *Data from the Iowa DNR State Park Beach Monitoring Program
    **Data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

Homegoing and the Blue Water Fest

Water Program Director, Ingrid Gronstal, reflects on her panel appearance at the Okoboji Blue Water Fest and what clean water and outdoor recreation opportunities mean to the Iowa Great Lakes, its visitors, residents, and Iowans around the state.

Even though I have called Eastern Iowa home for many years, my roots are in the Western half of the state. I was born and raised in Carroll, Iowa, and I spent my summers growing up visiting family in the Iowa Great Lakes. Both sets of my grandparents had homes on the East shore of Spirit Lake, and both sides of my family have ancestors in Dickinson and Emmet Counties going back multiple generations. My parents met at Spirit Lake, and although I did not attend school there, it has always felt like home. 

In fact, there is a direct through line between my experiences as a kid spending summers at the lake and my work as IEC Water Program Director. I learned at a young age the fun of spending long sunny days outdoors on the water. When I was in college taking field classes at Iowa Lakeside Lab and catching frogs as an intern for Barbara Tagami and the fledgling Dickinson County Nature Center, I learned about the area’s vital ecosystems and how to protect them. In my current role, I am taking this background with me across the state and up to the Capitol as we advocate for policies and regulations that protect water quality, promote outdoor recreation, and preserve cherished spaces for future generations. 

received an invitation to speak on a water quality panel at the Blue Water Festival in Okoboji on August 7. My fellow panelists were Dr. Larry Weber from the University of Iowa, Nathan Anderson of Practical Farmers of Iowa, and Adam Schnieders of the Iowa DNR. We discussed topics important to the area, including local conservation efforts to preserve the lakes and the importance of tourism to Okoboji’s economy. We also covered statewide topics, like whether the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is effective at tackling nitrogen and phosphorus pollution from agricultural operations (spoiler: it is not), and whether we can build momentum to fund the Trust 


Tell the EPA:  Strengthen Protections for Waters of the U.S.

Attend a public meeting and make comments to call for the repeal of the Navigable Waters Rule and replacement with a rule that provides strong protections for our nation’s wetlands and streams. The meetings have limited attendance capacity, so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

The agencies are also accepting written recommendations from members of the public. The deadline to submit written recommendations is Sept. 3, 2021. 

Iowa Climate Resiliency Forum with Representative Axne

IEC and the Environmental Defense
Fund (EDF) will host a virtual discussion with Rep. Cindy Axne and Iowa advocates on Wednesday, September 1 at 9:00 AM CT.

The event will bring focus to needed federal infrastructure investments in climate resiliency and clean energy. Whether it be responding to extreme weather events with community investments or strengthening our commitment to clean power, local solutions are needed. 

Save Bloody Run Benefit Concert

You’re invited to a live outdoor concert Saturday, August 21 at the Driftless Area Wetland Center in Marquette, Iowa to help Save Bloody Run!

Bloody Run Creek is threatened by pollution from a recently approved 11,000 head of cattle feedlot.

The creek is one of the best trout streams in Iowa, and one of only 32 streams designated an Outstanding Iowa Water. Learn more at SaveBloodyRun.org.

Pro H2O is Coming Right Up!

Pro H2O is IEC's biggest fundraiser of the year and we couldn't be happier to be able to party in person with you again! After a year of (successful) virtual events, we're offering more ways than ever to join us for the clean water party of the year. We are even featuring a special release beer from Firetrucker Brewery!

Join us in person at Curate in Des Moines' East Village. Hear live music by Emily Haavik and the 35's, enjoy food and drink, and celebrate with others.

Or you can join an IEC staff person and a member organization in person at these locations:

  • •  At Dickinson County Conservation's new Maser Monarch Lodge in Spirit Lake
  • •  At the Wickiup Hill Learning Center in Toddville with Linn County Conservation
  • •  At Johnson County Conservation's Conservation Education Center at FW Kent Park in Oxford
  • •  In Cedar Falls/Waterloo, with local host the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Exact location TBD.

Can't get to one of the locations that night? Not comfortable attending a public event? We understand and that's why we're offering a streaming option this year as well! You can host your own Pro H2O! Invite up to 10 friends, get a swag box from IEC, and have your own party! Stream it on your own wherever you like.


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What's New in Iowa's Water News

Neighbors hope to raise awareness on potential pollution problems at Bloody Run Creek (KCRG)
• New Map Highlights Impact of Slaughter Facilities on Waterways (Public News Service)
An Oscar-winning trip down the Upper Iowa River (The Gazette) 
Issues arise from low water levels at Iowa Great Lakes (Sioux Land Proud)
Lessons from Conservation Learning Labs project (Farm Progress) 
Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Bloody Run blooms again (Bleeding Heartland) 
Environmental groups seek stricter rules for large Iowa feedlots (The Gazette) 

Upcoming Water Events

Paddle in the Park: Kayak - Hartman Reserve, Black Hawk Co. - Aug. 20
• Paddle in the Park: Canoe - Hartman Reserve, Black Hawk Co. - Aug. 20
Floatzilla - Mississippi River, Quad Cities - Aug. 21
Free Public Kayaking - Prairie Creek Rec Area, Jackson Co. - Aug. 21
Save Bloody Run Benefit Concert - Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, Marquette - Aug. 21
13th Annual Rock Creek Catfish Classic - Rock Creek Marina, Clinton Co. - Aug. 22
Family Fishing and Free Lunch at Sand Lake - Sand Lake Rec Area, Marshall Co. - Aug. 22
Yaks and Brews - Teachers Park, Buchanan Co. - Aug. 23
Toddler Tracks: Beavers - Oneota Park, Clay Co. - Aug. 26
Stand Up Paddleboarding - Annett Nature Center, Warren Co. - Aug. 27
Iowa Beyond BOW - Women, Wine & Water - Shelby Co. Conservation Nishna Bend Rec Area & Prairie Rose State Park in Harlan, IA. - Aug. 27 - 29
Standup Paddleboard Demonstration - Cold Springs Park, Cass Co. - Aug. 28


Iowa Environmental Council
505 Fifth Ave., Suite 850 
 Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2317
515-244-1194 | iecmail@iaenvironment.org

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