Who We Are

The Iowa Great Lakes Association, or IGLA, was found in 2008 as a nonprofit 501(c)4 environmental organization existing to protect, preserve and enhance the Iowa Great Lakes.

IGLA is a multi-issue organization that strives to be an active influence in promotion for environmental health and quality of life in the Iowa Great Lakes region.  We support organizations whose environmental missions include protection of the Iowa Great Lakes watershed area.


What We Do

The Iowa Great Lakes Association supports clean water efforts as well as other environmental and social initiatives to protect the quality of life for those in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Click on a topic below to view our video updates and learn more about our work.

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Okoboji Foundation Welcomes New President

March 20, 2018

The Iowa Great Lakes Association welcomes Rob Waterhouse as the new President of the Okoboji Foundation. A lakes area philanthropical organization has a new leader. The Okoboji Foundation announced this (Mon.) morning the hiring of Rob Waterhouse as its new President. Polly Peterson, Okoboji Foundation Board Chair, says Waterhouse has a strong background in non-profit … Read more

Butch Parks Files Countersuit in East Loch Estates Proposed Development

February 13, 2018

(Spirit Lake)– A countersuit has now been filed in connection with litigation pertaining to the East Loch Estates development proposed on some 66 acres of land just north of Chalstrom Beach near East Lake Okoboji. The owner of that land, Butch Parks, has filed a lawsuit against a group calling itself “Concerned Citizens of Dickinson … Read more

Curly Leaf Pond Weed in 2018

February 1, 2018

(Orleans)– Officials say it isn’t a question IF curly leaf pond weed will be back in some of the Iowa Great Lakes this coming season, but how bad it will be. Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells KUOO news they know for a fact it’s already growing under … Read more

DNR Holds Meeting to Address Improvements Made At Area Campgrounds & Parks

January 26, 2018

Parks personnel with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hosted a public informational meeting Thursday evening on various improvements either currently underway or that soon will be getting started at several state parks in the Iowa Great Lakes Area. They include the removal of an existing restroom and replacing it with a new one along … Read more

Student Made Sculpture Placed at Junction of Hwys 9/71

November 3, 2017

Crews on Thursday, November 2 installed a new sculpture welcoming people to the City of Spirit Lake at the intersection of Highways 9 and 71. The stunning welded sculpture was constructed by students in the J-Term program at Spirit Lake High School under the guidance of teacher Brad Travis. What a welcoming sight for residents … Read more

IGLA Board Response to Okoboji Organics Raising Hogs Near Center Lake

November 2, 2017

Iowa Great Lakes Association approves resolution to protect watershed Local board votes to reaffirm effort to preserve lakes area Spirit Lake, Iowa – Oct. 31, 2017 – Recently, the Iowa Great Lakes Association (IGLA) voted on a resolution reaffirming the original 2008 agreement opposing any concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO), specifically hog confinements, inside a … Read more

Vision Iowa – Arnolds Park Requests $1-Million Grant

October 11, 2017

President Bill VanOrsdel and community leaders were in Sioux City to present Vision Iowa with a grant request for their “Restore the Park” campaign. Visit www.arnoldspark.com to learn more about this exciting campaign to restore our park back to its glory days.   #restorethepark #iglapromotes #iglaprotects

Hy-Vee Joins IGLA

October 11, 2017

Thank you to J.J. Hesnard and the entire team at Hy-Vee for joining the Iowa Great Lakes Association. I had a wonderful conversation with this enthusiastic Store Director and how Hy-Vee values not only the pristine environment of Dickinson County, yet how IGLA lobbies, protects, enhances and seeks action if-need-be on behalf of all residents. … Read more

Curlyleaf Pond Weed Stakeholders Forum

September 29, 2017

A panel of state and local experts presented the Iowa Great Lakes Community with a plan to address Curlyleaf Pond Weed utilizing increased harvesting with two test areas in early spring with herbicide to retard the plant’s dense mat-like growth. Please click the link below to hear more about the forum and comments from the … Read more

Public Meeting Addressing Curly Leaf Pond Weed

September 28, 2017

(Spirit Lake)– Curly leaf pondweed will be the topic of a public informational meeting tomorrow (Thurs.) evening at the Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts in Spirit Lake. Terry Wilts of the East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation says a team made up of leaders from the county, cities, lake associations, drinking water utilities, Lakeside … Read more

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