Channel Chat April 2020

Hello River Lovers,

Welcome to the inaugural Channel Chats with Iowa Rivers Revival. Every month, we will post a newsletter highlighting what the organization has been working on, any important dates to be aware of, and do a feature focusing on one of our Iowa waterways. So throw on your life jacket and join us for an exciting and enjoyable float.

Since becoming the Executive Director in February, I have jumped head-first into getting to know the organization, our donors, and supporters. Before the pandemic, I had one-on-one meetings with almost all of our board members, met with leaders of environmental organizations, had coffee dates with current and future partners, and hosted a table at the Iowa Environmental Council Lobby Day. Even though our way of life and working conditions have changed, we are still committed to planning and hosting a variety of events and programs you have come to know and enjoy. Some of these include:

  • River Restoration Toolbox Training’s
  • Master River Stewards Programs
  • River Town of the Year Award
  • Downtown Earth Day Tour

Speaking of Earth Day, mark your calendars for Wednesday April 22nd! Even though we can’t get together to celebrate, we still think it’s an important day to highlight. So here are five ways to participate in this day:

  • Make the switch from bottled to tap water.
  • Use Eco-friendly cleaning products and washable cloths instead of paper towels.
  • Move from paper bills to online bill pay or electronic notices. 
  • Learn what can be recycled at your local recycling center and start recycling at home. 
  • Get outside and do a trash clean-up around your neighborhood or at a local park.

Lastly, during this unprecedented time remember to appreciate the small things, connect with neighbors, friends, and family members, and spend time outside, safely, if you can. We are grateful for all of you and wish you health and happiness.

Thanks and stay well,

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Featured River

Des Moines

Map of the Des Moines River

As the largest river in Iowa, the Des Moines river flows 525 miles starting in southern Minnesota and ending in the Mississippi River in SE Iowa. The drainage basin is almost 15,000 square miles covering the space of 7 million football fields! 

One-on-Ones with the Executive Director

Picture of the Executive Director

As an IRR supporter, you have a chance to meet one-on-one with me, Sara, the Executive Director. I want to hear your suggestions, ideas, questions, or concerns, so I have set aside time each week to host virtual zoom meetings. Contact me directly if you’re interested in having a chat – sara@iowarivers.org or 515.350.4387