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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 2014. If you have interest in a workshop being held in your area, contact Mary Skopec at

 Introductory Workshop Schedule - 2014

Date and Time Location
April 5th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Nahant Marsh Education Center in Davenport, 4220 Wapello Ave, Davenport
May 31st, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Silver Sioux County Park, 5938 Silver Sioux Rd., Quimby, IA
June 7th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Solon United Methodist Church, 122 N West Street, Solon
June 21st, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Hurstville Interpretive Center, 18670 63rd St. Maquoketa, IA


Registration Form

Advanced Workshop Schedule - 2014
Biological Workshops

Date and Time Location

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.

IOWATER Mini-Grants

IOWATER seeks proposals for a mini-grants program to help volunteer fulfill the mission of protecting and improving Iowa's water quality.  Mini-Grant Application (PDF) or (DOC

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.  (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.  Summaries of previous statewide snapshots.

Snapshots scheduled for 2014 include the following:
April 12, 2014 (Saturday)
Dry Run Creek Snapshot
Contact: Ellen Myers (319) 296-3262  

May 13, 2014 (Tuesday)
Scott County Snapshot
Contact: Dan McNeil

Snapshot Event Liability Waiver