Winter 2020 Newsletter

A Message From Our Director

by Penny Brown Huber

At the beginning of this year, our Board and staff had so many aspirations around building on our programs, partnerships, and reaching out more than ever.  As Covid-19 began to be our reality, we could not imagine what was going to happen, much less how it was going to happen.
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A Note From Our Watershed Coordinator

by David Stein

Thank you all for joining us for the second Prairie Rivers of Iowa Newsletter for 2020.  As I’m sure you’ve all heard throughout 2020, this year has been filled with many unprecedented challenges for Iowa and the country as a whole.
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2020: Despite Everything Else, A Productive Year for Water Monitoring

by Watershed Educator Dan Haug

It’s been almost a year since Story County Conservation, Story County Supervisors, the City of Ames, and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Story County Community Foundation funded a project to launch a countywide monitoring program, and to support data collection and outreach.  read more

Award-winning Interpretation Along the Lincoln Highway
by Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator Janice Gammon

In 2020, in this their inaugural year, the National Scenic Byway Foundation selected Prairie Rivers of Iowa Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway program as the winner for their Interpretation Award …read more

Prairie Rivers of IA Produces Two New Videos for Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries 
by Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator Janice Gammon

Having received an Iowa Tourism Grant to make two 2-3 minute videos and a brochure about breweries, distilleries, and wineries in eastern Iowa, we did not let a pandemic or derecho stop us! …read more

Welcome Our New Staff!

Katie Sailer joined Prairie Rivers in November 2020 as a graphic designer. She recently graduated from the University of Iowa with her Bachelor in Fine Arts, and Biology and Communications minors.

At Iowa, she spent much of her time designing for the nonprofit Dance Marathon and literary publication Fools Magazine.