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09.06.2017 - Ames, Iowa – The Iowa Water Center annual grant competition is now open to receive research proposals. Funding of up to $30,000 is available for one research project at Iowa’s accredited public or private universities or community colleges. As seed grant funding, this program enables researchers to explore innovative ideas that will grow to be tools to assist in building future water-related policies and practices.

07.27.17 - Cedar River – The upper stretch of the Cedar River in north-central Iowa is now 28 tons of trash lighter, thanks to the efforts of 469 volunteers.

This July, 469 volunteers took part in the 15th annual Project AWARE, paddling 55 miles of the Cedar River through Mitchell and Floyd counties from the Iowa-Minnesota state line to Howard’s Woods Rec Area near Nashua.

07.20.2017 - Des Moines, IA — The DNR is launching a new, locally-led volunteer water monitoring program to help Iowans better understand their local water quality. 

“Volunteer water monitoring is best able to inform local water quality goals if the decision-making and coordination is locally-led,” said Steve Konrady with the DNR’s Water Quality Bureau. “We can help interested communities, watersheds, counties, and regions get started and have an opportunity to take ownership and derive more value from their locally-led volunteer water monitoring programs.” 

07.07.2017 - Ankeny, IA - The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) announced today that Clare Lindahl has been selected as the organization’s new chief executive officer. She will assume the position on August 15, 2017.

06.20.2017 - Ames, Iowa - The Iowa Water Center is pleased to announce the recipients of one research seed grant and three graduate student supplemental research grants for the 2017 Iowa Water Center Competitive Grants program. This is an annual statewide program to fund research that address water research needs in the state of Iowa. 

04.25.2017 - Washington DC - Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at the Supreme Court building. 

04.14.2017 -  Des Moines, Iowa - The DNR is seeking public comment on the newly released draft impaired waters list. Data released by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, today, shows 56 impairments will be removed from the 2014 impaired list, once approved by the EPA.

04.04.17 - Washington DC - A new U.S. Geological Survey interactive map provides a comprehensive, long-term look at changes in the quality of our nation’s rivers and streams over the last four decades. For the first time, monitoring data collected by the USGS and 73 other organizations at almost 1,400 sites have been combined to provide a nationwide look at changes in the quality of our rivers and streams between the 1972 passage of the Clean Water Act and 2012.

03.23.2017 - Des Moines — The efforts of Iowans to improve Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams have resulted in success stories across the state, and a new publication is showcasing some of the most impressive efforts over the last decade. 

03.15.2017 - Ames, Iowa - The Iowa Water Center conducted its first-ever essay writing contest entitled, “Spirit of the Water,” for high school students in Iowa. In this contest, 9th-12th grade students were invited to share how water inspires them. Three prize-winning essays will receive a monetary prize, recognition at the Iowa Water Conference to be held on March 22-23rd, and will be published in an anthology.

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