Iowa Master River Steward Program

"We speak for the rivers, because they can't speak for themselves," was the general theme of our river steward training led by Dr. Jim Pease over the last two days hosted by Iowa Rivers Revival. They have put together a thorough curriculum discussing watersheds, geologic landforms, topography, river form and function, navigating Iowa's waters, river wildlife, river chemistry and monitoring, agricultural production and policies, stream and riparian zone restoration including fish and wildlife habitat, and finally developing a river-health related project.   Now that I have been through the "Training the Facilitator Program", I am prepared, along with 17 other educators from across to state, to develop and host a Master River Steward Program in our watershed area. The idea is to develop a large group of river stewards who can spread the word about watershed and stream health across Iowa. At the beginning of the program each participant receives the Izaak Walton League's Handbook for Stream Enhancement & Stewardship and many more resources...
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