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Iowa Rivers Revival
A Statewide Nonprofit Leading Iowans to Protect, Restore and Enjoy Our Rivers

Our Impact:

164

Professionals trained with River Restoration Toolbox Workshops

1,659

Supporters Engaged

$1.5 million

Secured for Dam Mitigation and Water Trails in 2022

$46,173

Raised for River Programs in Iowa in 2022

We envision healthy, free-flowing rivers that connect Iowa’s communities and provide access for all to use and enjoy.

Iowa Rivers Revival (IRR) is a leader in river education and advocacy and is committed to protecting some of our most precious natural resources – our rivers and streams. IRR works to engage individuals, organizations, communities, and government leaders in river awareness, responsibility, and enjoyment to improve and enhance the condition of Iowa waterways – ensuring a quality, safe and lasting resource for future generations.

Environmental stewardship begins with environmental literacy, and they both begin with exposure. We are committed to growing greater awareness about water quality and river issues across the state by offering programs and information that connect individuals and communities to their rivers.

Flanked by two great rivers, with more than 70,000 miles between them, Iowa’s rivers and their valleys hold much of Iowa’s remaining wildness. Rivers provide many benefits and values for Iowa communities including water for everyday use, recreation, economic development, natural habitat for wildlife, and an increase in the quality of life. There are many threats that impact the condition and quality of our rivers including flooding, pollution (what you can and can’t see), erosion, and general apathy for conservation priorities.

Rivers are the barometer of the overall health of our ecosystem and Iowa Rivers Revival is working to ensure our rivers are safe, clean, and enjoyable for future generations.

Perspectives on River Restoration: Will Gaskin & Rai Tokuhisa reflect Learnings from IRR’s Toolbox Training

Perspectives on River Restoration: Will Gaskin & Rai Tokuhisa reflect Learnings from IRR’s Toolbox Training

Will Gaskins and Rai Tokuhisa are Water Resource Engineers in Central Iowa. They recently attended a River Restoration Toolbox Training hosted by Iowa Rivers Revival in partnership with Iowa DNR and Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership (ISWEP). Below, they share their experiences and some of the lessons they learned. Click the link to read the full article. Iowa Water Watch: Perspectives on River Restoration

Nominations are Open for River Town of the Year

Nominations are Open for River Town of the Year

The annual River Town of the Year award recognizes an Iowa town or city for outstanding efforts to reclaim river-fronts as anchors for economic development, recreation, and good ecological practices.  Iowa River Town of the Year applicants must demonstrate community commitment and involvement in protecting and maintaining river quality and promoting the river as an asset to your town. Click the button below for award requirements and application form. The application deadline is September 1st, 2022.  The River Town of the Year award highlights … Read more