Meet our member organizations: Iowa Association of Water Agencies

As a coalition-based organization, the Iowa Environmental Council would be unable to fulfill our mission without the continued support of our organizational, cooperator and individual members. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many incredible partners, and we’d like to help you get to know them better. This is the first entry in our new series: Meet our member organizations. Each entry, we’ll introduce you to one of our member organizations and share some information about how they’re helping create a safe, healthy environment and sustainable future for Iowa.

We’re kicking off this series with The Iowa Association of Water Agencies (IAWA), a diverse group of large and small water utilities that have banded together to promote clean and safe water. IAWA has been one of the longest standing partners of the Council.

“The Council and IAWA have very similar approaches and goals when it comes to Iowa’s waterways,” said Linda Kinman, who represents the IAWA on the Council’s board of directors. “Both take a holistic approach to water quality, and recognize that any solution needs to be long-term and all encompassing.”

One of IAWA’s main goals is to educate the public about the importance of water quality. To that end, they sponsor the Iowa Children’s Water Festival, a yearly event that has fifth graders from all across the state come to Des Moines and learn about water conservation.

Apart from their yearly event, IAWA also spreads awareness to the larger community by encouraging member utilities to be vocal about water quality issues.

“It used to be that water utility companies were not outspoken about the issues they faced,” Kinman said. “IAWA hast tried to reach out to ask them to engage their communities and promote clean water practices.”

IAWA is an active part of numerous communities, and strives to build strong coalitions with organizations with similar goals.

“Our biggest success comes from working with and coordinating other groups,” Kinman said. “By partnering with others, we can push legislation further and protect the environment more effectively.”

As for the continued partnership with the Council, IAWA remains enthusiastic.

“We will continue to work with the Council to put pressure on areas that will do the most good,” Kinman said. “We will continue to help focus efforts on improving and protection Iowa’s water resources.”

The 2015 Water Festival will be held on Thursday, May 14 at DMACC’s Ankeny campus. If you are interested in attending or volunteering, please visit their website for more information. If you have any questions about the event or about IAWA, contact Linda Kinman at iawa.icwf@gmail.com

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