We are excited about the success Iowa Rivers Revival has experienced this year- but we need your help to keep the momentum going!
We are thrilled to continue our important work in river restoration with the help of our friends at the McKnight Foundation and REI. However, as an advocacy group, we know that good policy is necessary to support meaningful work throughout Iowa. With the help of our lobby team and various partners, we secured $500,000 for low-head dam mitigation and water trails up at the Capitol this legislative session.
We did it! This vital funding to support the DNR Rivers Program is a top legislative priority of Iowa Rivers Revival (IRR) and allows for unique river opportunities with multiple benefits. Thank you! Your support is what makes it all possible. You are making a difference for our 70,000 miles of rivers and streams when you speak up, contact your legislators, and share YOUR story.
Over the last year, IRR has built strong coalitions and collaborative relationships with elected officials, city administrators, business owners, environmental professionals, state agencies, landowners, and recreational enthusiasts to help expand the story of our rivers and streams. A culture shift is occurring across the state, with powerful voices, like yours, helping to tell the story of the important role rivers play in supporting rural economic development, improved recreation, and enhanced quality of life. IRR is at the forefront of this work and will continue to be the voice for policies that support healthy rivers now and in the future.
As our state recovers from disastrous flooding, we are poised to show the value of strategic, watershed-based river restoration. In 2018, we filled two river restoration toolbox workshops and trained over 50 professionals. As interest grows, we are hosting two more workshops this spring. In addition, an IRR-led technical advisory team is working to outline a river restoration framework for the state that boosts floodplain resilience, streambank stabilization, habitat improvement, and recreational opportunities for all Iowans and throughout the region. We need your generous support to sustain this effort. It’s going to take all of us coming together to make the impact that will make a difference for future generations.
Your support is vital for this important work to continue. Please consider donating to Iowa Rivers Revival TODAY, and be the change you want to see in your community and your state!