Summer is ending, but the work for clean water continues

As summer draws to a close, we would like to thank you for following along with Weekly Water Watch and supporting IEC through our biggest fundraiser of the year last night - Pro H2O. Despite the virtual format, we still had over 150 clean water supporters tune into the program. Because of you, we are able to continue our clean water work heading into next yearAnd that work is more necessary than ever.

Even with weeks full of unbelievable news, we still saw toxic algae blooms, E. coli contamination, drought, and high beach visitation across the stateIowa DNR issued 12 beach advisories for microcystin and 112 advisories for E. coli. Union Grove Beach experienced the most microcystin advisories this summer with five. For the fifth year in a row, Backbone Beach had the most advisories for E. coli – it was under advisory for 14 of the 16 weeks of monitoring. As of the 2018 Impaired Waters List, Iowa DNR still doesn’t know the source of the E. coli contamination at Backbone. These issues aren’t going away and that’s why we continue to fight for clean, safe water for Iowans. 

Due to the severe drought that impacted much of the state this summer, it’s difficult to draw conclusions about this year’s advisory numbers. However, it hasn’t reduced the pattern that we see year after year – contaminated beaches that put swimmers’ health at risk. COVID-19 impacted Iowans’ plans this summer, but it didn’t keep us from our parks and beaches. Iowa state and county parks saw tremendous park, trail, and beach visitation. Our outdoor spaces are incredibly important for our health and quality of life – and this summer demonstrated how much Iowans value them.  

That’s why we appreciate your support so much, especially as the season changes and we head into preparation for the 2021 legislative session. Your voices will be crucial to make a positive impact on these issues at the Capitol next year. Sign up for our Legislative News Bulletin to stay updated on water-related policy and continue the conversation with us until Weekly Water Watch returns next summer.  

And you can still support us through Pro H2O! You can make a donation of any size, or bid on items in our virtual auction through Sunday. Thank you again for your support! 


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What's New in Iowa's Water News

Erin Brockovich Says 'Superman's Not Coming' To Save Our Water Supply (IA Public Radio)
Researchers Tracking Restoration Of Unique Wetland In Northwest Iowa (IA Public Radio)
Ames City Council manages delinquent municipal utilities related to COVID-19 (IA State Daily)
Iowa Farmers Face Climate-Fueled Destruction, While the Industry Says it’s ‘Just Weather’ (Civil Eats)
Water Summary Update: August brings drought conditions to nearly entire state (IA DNR)
On Brothels and Cathedrals (Chris Jones’ blog)
Feedback requested on information gathered for lower Missouri River flood risk management project (IA DNR)
Pandemic, Racial Reckoning Renew Calls in IA for Outdoors Investments (Public News Service)
Lower Skunk River Watershed Project funded for additional three years (The Hawk Eye)
Safe thresholds for antibiotics in sewage needed to help combat antibiotic resistance (University of Exeter)

Upcoming Water Events

Crescent Event 2020 - Quarry Springs Park, Colfax - Sept. 12
Pond Netting - Lee County Conservation Center, Montrose – Sept. 14
Pond Netting: Single family - Lee County Conservation Center, Montrose – Sept. 15
Big River Connectivity: Rewilding in IA & Beyond - Izaak Walton League, Des Moines – Sept. 15
Creating an Angler - Malone Park, Dewitt – Sept. 16
Pond Netting - Lee County Conservation Center, Montrose – Sept. 17
Music Cruise - Rock Creek Marina, Camanche - Sept. 17
Learn to Canoe - Arrowhead Park, Neola – Sept. 18
Big Creek Catfish Tournament – Big Creek Lake, Polk City – Sept. 19
Beyond BOW: Smoking Fish and Game – Online – Sept. 19


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