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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.

03.13.2017 - Des Moines - Today, Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey announced 12 urban conservation water quality initiative demonstration projects have been selected to receive $820,840 in funding. The 12 projects will provide nearly $1.18 million in matching funds to support water quality improvement efforts as well as other in-kind contributions.

03.09.2017 - Washington DC -  Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $15 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. Restored wetlands improve water quality downstream and improve wildlife habitat, while also providing flood prevention and recreational benefits to communities.

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