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Getting Started

The first step in getting involved in IOWATER is becoming a trained, certified volunteer at Introductory Workshop.  Introductory Workshops are generally held during the period from May through September.  Intro Workshops are 8 hours in length and consist of some classroom time and outdoor, hand's on learning.  You'll receive all the materials you need to monitor Iowa's streams, lakes, and ponds at th workshop.  Check out the Workshop Schedule below to sign-up.  

Workshop Schedule

Workshops are currently being scheduled for 2015. If you have interest in a workshop being held in your area, contact Mary Skopec (IOWATER Coordinator) at or 515-725-3434


 Introductory Workshop Schedule -- 2015

Date and Time Location
April 30th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Clarke County Development Corp., 115 E. Washington Street, Osceola
May 9th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
May 15th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Lake Ponderosa Association, 117 W Woodland Rd., Montezuma, IA 50171 
May 30th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Speaker Park Shelter, Lake View, IA 51450 ***This workshop has been canceled****
June 19th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Upper Iowa University, Baker-Hebron Bldg, Rm 106; 605 Washington St., Fayette, IA 52142
June 26th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Environmental Learning Center, 11730 SE 6th, Runnells, IA 50237


Introductory Registration Form

Advanced Workshop Schedule - 2015

Date and Time Location
August 7th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hurstville Interpretive Center, 18670 63rd St., Maquoketa, IA 52060

Biological Registration Form

River of Words (ROW)

River of Words is an international environmental poetry and art contest for youth aged 5 to 19 in grades K-12.


Project AWARE

Project AWARE is the Iowa DNR's annual volunteer weeklong river cleanup.   In 2015, Project AWARE will be held July 11 - 16th on the Wapsipinicon River from Independence to Olin.  For more information visit:

Stream Cleanups

If you are organizing a river cleanup in 2014 and want to be included in a calendar of events, please email your event to with the event name, date, site, contact, email, comment/website.  Upcoming events will be listed by month.  Click on Calendar of Events for a full schedule or the document below for more information.

Clean-up Event Schedule

IOWATER Snapshots

Are you looking for a way to get involved with IOWATER monitoring and meet other volunteers in your area?  If so, consider participating in an IOWATER snapshot sampling event.  During a snapshot event, multiple sites thoughout a geographic area are sampled within a short period of time.  For a schedule of currently scheduled Snapshots go to Calendar of Events.

Summaries of previous statewide snapshots.

Snapshot Event Liability Waiver