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The Iowa Great Lakes Association is committed to the Lakes area and its watershed. We promote environmental improvements and are an active influence in promotion for environmental health and quality-of-life in the Iowa Great Lakes.


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Johnson-Ross New IGLA Community Development Manager

August 3, 2016
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Iowa Great Lakes Association President, Bill VanOrsdel, has announced Jen Johnson-Ross as the new Community Development Manager of the association dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing our lakes and environment. A Spirit Lake graduate, Johnson-Ross is a University of Iowa Graduate who possesses degrees in history and political science and certification as a secondary teacher. …

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ILYA features Okoboji Yacht Club in latest newsletter

August 3, 2016
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Below is an excerpt from July 31st edition of the electronic newsletter of the Inland Lakes Yachting Association called Scowlines. This is the final report for the July 28 – 30 Inland Class X Championship Regatta held at Okoboji. This was a great event with 92 Class…

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T-Shirt Design Winner Announced

August 1, 2016
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The winner of the IGLA T-Shirt Design Contest is Patrick Davison of Ames, Iowa. With 12 designs submitted, it was no easy task for the Iowa Great Lakes Association team to choose a winner, yet in the end it was Patrick’s design that incorporated so many…

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IGLA Video: Lower Gar Outlet

July 29, 2016
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Did you know? A little-known area holds significant power in maintaining and preserving the Iowa Great Lakes. Three box culverts at Lower Gar Outlet near Milford have saved Lakes-area residents…

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Population Growth

July 25, 2016
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The Iowa Great Lakes is witnessing population growth. Why? Our magnificent natural resources, cultural opportunities as well as lower property taxes in comparison to neighboring communities.   Support #IGLA‘s efforts…

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Zebra Mussel update – July 2016

July 22, 2016
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A cluster of invasive zebra mussels attached to a native freshwater mussel from Lake Carlos in Minnesota. Such infestations lead to the larger mussel’s death. Credit D. P. Molloy/University at Albany

IGLA is closely monitoring this new tactic to manage Zebra Mussels on lake Minnetonka.

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