Survey Sent to Landowners in Upper Iowa River Watershed

If you own property in the Upper Iowa River Watershed, you may find a survey in your mailbox this summer. The survey is part of the planning process the Upper Iowa River Watershed Management Authority (WMA) has undertaken in an

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Landowner Informational Meeting July 20th

Landowners, farmers and the general public are invited to attend an upcoming meeting on the Upper Iowa River Watershed’s efforts to reduce flooding and improve water quality across the UIR Watershed. The meeting will be held July 20th at 4:00pm

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Karst, Water Quality & Livestock: Finding Balance for a Sensitive Geography

Karst, Water Quality & Livestock Forum: Finding Balance for a Sensitive Geography Held on May 30, 2017 at Luther College in Decorah Iowa From: Thanks to more than 100 attendees at the forum on May 30 for your interest

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Get to Know Matt Frana – Upper Iowa Watershed Project Coordinator

Matt Frana has been hired as the Project Coordinator for the Upper Iowa River Watershed. Mikael Mulugeta with IIHR/Iowa Watershed Approach, talked with Matt about his work skills and hobby interests: Following six years of experience with the Natural Resources

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In the News: Farmers’ Water Quality Efforts Help Trout Flourish in NE Iowa

Trout need clean, cold water to survive. And thanks to many Iowa farmers who are taking on the challenge to improve water quality, the fish are getting just what they need in northeast Iowa. Farmers and landowners are improving the

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Decorah Trail Re-opened Following Flood Damage

Just in time for summer recreation & tourism, Decorah Parks & Recreation is re-opening Dug Road. A section of the popular bike & recreation trail collapsed following heavy rainfalls and flooding last fall. Get a bird’s eye view of the

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Rare Lake Sturgeon Spawning in the Upper Iowa River

Decorah Fish Hatchery Natural Resource Technician Chris Larson is sharing a story with about a lake sturgeon caught by  Rob Griffith of Urbandale, Iowa: Griffith caught the fish in the Upper Iowa River on May 5th.  Lake sturgeon are

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Trout Fishing is Big Business in the Driftless Area

Trout streams in Northeast Iowa bring in significant visitor spending, according to a new economic impact study released last week. Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp, Northeast Iowa RC&D Executive Director Lora Friest, and Trout Unlimited’s Duke Welner spoke at report’s

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Water Sampling Season Begins

It’s spring in Northeast Iowa–time again to begin collecting samples for water quality analysis. Since 2004, volunteers have been going out once a month from April to November to collect samples at 30 locations along the Upper Iowa River and

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In the News: Watershed Planning Underway

The Upper Iowa Watershed Management Authority recently kicked-off a process to develop a 20-year plan for increasing resiliency to flooding along the Upper Iowa River and its tributaries. The planning process, led by Northeast Iowa RC&D, is part of a

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