Category Archives: Iowa River Headlines

Rapid Creek Watershed Receives Grant

Congratulations to the Rapid Creek Watershed and the Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District!

Iowa’s Watershed Improvement Review Board recently awarded $247,650 to the Johnson County SWCD for a project to improve water quality in Rapid Creek, a tributary of the Iowa River that flows through northeastern Johnson County.

The press release is available here:

The project also received coverage from Channel 2 News, which can be seen here:

To learn more about the Rapid Creek Watershed, visit


Volunteers keep waterway clean – Press Citizen, 10/12/13

The Press Citizen (Holly Hines) featured a story on the clean-up of the Iowa River that took place Saturday, October 12:

“On Saturday, several University of Iowa and Iowa City groups gathered to tidy up the banks of the Iowa River between Park Road and the Sturgis Ferry Park boat ramp. Many volunteers came prepared to climb over rocks, with trash bags in tow, wearing boots or sneakers.”

READ MORE and check out the video at the Press Citizen on-line:

Iowa River Picnic – 9/29/13

You’re Invited to ‘Take Back Our River’

Iowa River Friends will host a “family” picnic on Sunday, September 29th, from 12:30—4:30.  “Family” means all who are related to the Iowa River, which is really all of us.  It will be at pavilion 5 in Iowa City Park.  Bring your lawn chairs, picnic doings plus a dish to share.  The grills will be fired up.   You could also bring a fishing pole or a canoe/kayak.  The Family Music Machine will sing river songs.  There will be people with professional knowledge about how to better enjoy and care for our river and creeks.  And there will be extra added attractions to help us understand our “family” DNA.  Come on along!

Mel Schlachter, Chair of the Iowa River Friends, wrote an op-ed piece to spread the word about the event. To read the full piece, visit the Press Citizen:

Questions about the picnic or the Iowa River Friends? Contact Mel Schlachter at