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There are 13 beach advisories for the week of 8/4

12 Beaches with an E. coli Advisory:
Backbone Beach (Dundee, Delaware County, IA)*
Crandall's Beach (Big Spirit Lake, Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, IA)*
Emerson Bay Beach (West Okoboji Lake, Milford, Dickinson County, IA)*
Lake Darling Beach (Brighton, Washington County, IA)*
Lake Keomah Beach (Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, IA)*
Lake Macbride (Solon, Johnson 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)*
North Overlook Beach (Lake Red Rock, Pella, Marion County, IA)**
Prairie Rose Beach (Harlan, Shelby County, IA)*
Whitebreast Beach (Lake Red Rock, Pella, Marion County, IA)**

1 Beach with a Microcystin Advisory:
Brushy Creek Beach (Lehigh, Webster County, IA)*

4 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 must ensure all Iowans are protected with beach advisory signage

Blog post contributed by IEC Communications Director Angelisa Belden

On Tuesday, July 25, after making note that Brushy Creek near Lehigh was once again under a microcystin advisory – the fourth consecutive week at that time and it remains under advisory this week! – I made the trek to get a look. Whenever feasible, we try to visit public beaches in Iowa with harmful algae blooms, or HABs, for photos and real-life observation. 

My first order of business: locate the advisory signage the DNR posts publicly during a microcystin or E. coli advisory. I spotted the small sign common to every state public beach; it contains the same general warning and information about how to find water quality information online. But there was nothing larger. Nothing with dates or warnings about the current situation. Most of the text was rubbed away. In fact, the sign warning me that I couldn’t collect snails (!) was bigger and clearer than the signage warning me that I, my children, or my pets could be harmed by getting in this water.

Next order of business: find the bloom. But as I walked onto the beach, I was dismayed to see a family splashing away in the water: several children, including a young baby, with their mother perched on the sand. My anxiety skyrocketed as I considered whether to approach this family enjoying the beach and water on a hot, muggy day and tell them they should really, really, really get out.  

But I did. I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t. I had heard the children chattering in Spanish as they played; when I said hello, I learned the mother didn’t speak English and needed her son and daughter to translate into Spanish what I was attempting to share. How was she to know that it wasn’t just gross-looking, but also potentially dangerous


New Profiles in Conservation Video: Lee Tesdell

Iowa Rivers Revival has released the second installment of the Profiles in Conservation story featuring Iowa landowner Lee Tesdell. IEC is proud to be a partner on this video series!

Watch the video to hear Lee's story about agricultural conservation best practices on Tesdell Century Farm. You can join Lee and be part of Iowa's Clean Water Future by signing up for Service Squad and attending the Fourmile Fest river cleanup on August 11th.

Nitrate Watch Webinar: Nitrate in public and private drinking water

Listen in on a discussion about the presence of nitrate in drinking water, the associated risks, and the removal process.

Jeff Mitchell, Lab Supervisor for Des Moines Water Works, will discuss the role public water utilities play in nitrate removal. Jesse Campbell, Private Well Coordinator for the Midwest Assistance Program, will talk about the presence of nitrate in groundwater and the challenges faced by private well users in avoiding nitrate contamination.

Register for the webinar here.

Don't miss out on the upcoming River Action quarterly meeting in the Quad Cities

River Action will hold its quarterly Quad City Flood Resiliency Alliance (QCFRA) to discuss the latest on communities doing great things with flood mitigation, new standards and certifications for building through FEMA and ASCE, and the city of Davenport's wastewater flows. 

Attend in person on Thursday, August 17 from 3 - 4:30 PM at the Richard R. Bittner Downtown YMCA in Davenport, IA. 

Find out more about the meeting here.


What's new in Iowa's water news:

• Des Moines County Public Health: Iowans should test private water sources each year (The Hawk Eye)
22 attorneys general oppose 3M settlement over water systems contamination (We Are Iowa)
• Pine Lake news getting worse (Iowa Falls Times-Citizen) 
Most of Midwest in is drought, there's no simple way to get out of it (The Gazette)
DNR imposes new requirements on water utility near dry river (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
Splishing and splashing on the Wapsi (The Gazette)
• Pikes Peak State Park campground back open (Iowa Public Radio) 
• To learn more about rare lake sturgeon, Iowa researchers turn to another prehistoric fish (The Gazette) 

Upcoming water events:                              

• River Clean Up – Webster Co. - August 5 
Wapsi Through the Seasons - Buchanan Co. - August 5   
• The Art and Ecology of Fly Tying – Johnson Co. - August 5 
Youth Fishing Cedar Lake - Madison Co. - August 8 
• Prairie Lakes Conference – Dickinson Co. - August 9 - August 11
Nitrates in Drinking Water Public and Private – Virtual - August 9
• A Future Focused on Water – Virtual - August 9
• Rock River Float – Sioux Co. - August 9
Mussel Beach Cruise – Clinton Co. - August 9
R2G2 Fourmile Fest – Polk Co. - August 11
• Okoboji Blue Water Festival – Dickinson Co. - August 12  


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