Improve the Iowa River

There are many groups dedicated to improving water quality, enhancing recreational opportunities, and promoting conservation-based land management practices throughout the Iowa River Watershed. Learn more about how to get involved in these groups by following the links below. 

Iowa River Greenbelt Resource Trust – The Iowa River Greenbelt Resource Trust, a public/private funded organization, was created in 1987 by a group of environmentally concerned citizens in Hardin County.

Lower Iowa & Cedar Valleys Conservation Alliance: The LICVCA is a collaboration of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Johnson County Conservation Board, Louisa County Conservation Board, Muscatine County Conservation Board, and The Nature Conservancy in Iowa. The mission of the Alliance is to improve the ability of people to care for the lands and waters in the Lower Iowa & Cedar Valleys. The Lower Iowa and Cedar Valleys feature extensive and diverse natural areas including a wealth of unique woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. Conservation organizations in Iowa generally agree that this area comprises the most biologically diverse landscape in the state. Their most recent newsletter is available here: LICVCA Summer 2014

IOWATER – Learn to be a Citizen Scientist – register for an IOWATER water quality monitor training workshop, and start monitoring a waterbody near you.

Cleanups – Getting involved in a river clean-up is a great way to get to know your watershed, meet other people, and play an active role in caring for our waterways.

Iowa River Cleanup – This annual effort began in 2011, concentrating on an area of the Iowa River between Iowa City and Hills.

Project AWARE – Each year, Project AWARE volunteers descend on an river in Iowa and haul out tons of trash on a multi-day float.

Watershed groups – Groups of local citizens can join together with a common interest of improving a local watershed. Here are a few websites that provide resources on how to start your own group:

Iowa DNR Watershed Improvement Section

ISU Extension – Leadership & Performance-Based Watershed Management