Iowa Rivers Revival seeks River Town of the Year nominees

Iowa Rivers Revival — an organization committed to protecting Iowa’s rivers and streams and watersheds — invites you to nominate your city for IRR’s River Town of the Year award.

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.  Cities are invited to apply for the award, or citizens may nominate their town.

Other activities could include:  dam-safety efforts, river-oriented tourism efforts, river clean-up projects, Water Trail designation projects, innovative storm water and river protection projects, walking trails along the river, education and advocacy by local river or watershed groups, and efforts for river use and appreciation (restaurants, bed & breakfasts, bait shops, boat rentals).

Application deadline has been extended to December 1, 2013.   The award will be presented early 2014 at a reception hosted by Iowa Rivers Revival in the River Town of the Year community.  IRR will also work to provide additional opportunities to promote and recognize the River Town of the Year through media and river-related events.

For a detailed application, please go to River Town of the Year.  Previous “River Town” award recipients are Webster City, Elkader, Coon Rapids, Cedar Falls, Charles City, Central City, and Dubuque.  The web site has previous winning cities’ applications for the award, IRR news releases, and news coverage.

The River Town of the Year award recognizes a city’s outstanding work to enhance connections to its river.  For example, Dubuque was honored for making the Mississippi the heart of a remarkable cultural, environmental, and economic renaissance over the last two decades.  Central City used the Flood of 1999 as a crucial turning point and now features recreation, tourism and economic development related to the Wapsipinicon River.  Charles City was honored for responding to severe floods in 1999 and 2008 “by embracing the Cedar River with new ideas and bold projects,” including transforming a low-head dam into Iowa’s first whitewater kayak course and installing the state’s largest permeable paving system.   Applicants must demonstrate commitment to protecting and maintaining river water quality and promoting the river as an asset to the town.

For more information, please go to the web site —, or contact: Rosalyn Lehman, executive director:, 515-724-4093.


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