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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Featured News

Did you know? Winter is great in Okoboji.

January 30, 2017

Jen Johnson is featured in an interview with KUOO about why Winter is great in the Iowa Great Lakes. It’s an amazing time of year to be at the Iowa Great Lakes.

Law Enforcement Appreciation

January 9, 2017

Representatives from both the Hawkeye Care Center of Spirit Lake and the Iowa Great Lakes Association delivered breakfast, goodie bags and t-shirts as small tokens of appreciation to the men and women in uniform serving our community.

Skopec named Iowa Lakeside Laboratory executive director

December 21, 2016

Story courtesy of the Dickinson County News Mary Skopec used to spend summers at her parents’ home on Big Spirit Lake when she was in junior high, admiring the natural landscape of the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Now she will have the opportunity to teach others about this landscape and how to protect it. Skopec … Read more…

Giving Tuesday

November 29, 2016

An enormous “THANK YOU” goes out to the ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County 4-H Team Jedi Robotics Club for hosting both the Iowa Great Lakes Association and Clary Lake Service at their meeting last evening. This great group of kids did a research project on Zebra Mussels and had fantastic questions for us. This #GivingTuesday, consider paying-it-forward in this amazing community … Read more…

Electric Fish Barrier Video

October 27, 2016

The electric fish barrier located at Lower Gar near Milford has prevented Asian Carp from entering our chain of lakes. This invasive species have spread through flooding and other means throughout the years, and pose a definite threat to not only our ecosystem, yet to water recreation due to their ability to jump out of the water.

Zebra Mussels Video

October 13, 2016

Watch the latest Iowa Great Lakes Video to learn about the Zebra Mussel issue in the Iowa Great Lakes.

Bur Oak Blight Video

September 30, 2016

Bur Oak Blight continues to be an area of focus for your Iowa Great Lakes Association. Listen as our President, Bill VanOrsdel explains the blight as you see the vast expanse of affected trees right in our own backyard. They can be treated, so please visit www.iagreatlakes.org for specialists able to both identify and treat … Read more…

Bur Oak Blight Update

September 29, 2016

This past Monday an informational meeting was held at Gull Point State Park to discuss Bur Oak Blight (BOB) that is affecting many of the majestic trees in our community. Please click on the link below to read an article published in this week’s Dickinson County News: http://www.dickinsoncountynews.com/story/2343090.html As mentioned in the article, you will … Read more…

Bur Oak Blight Program – Monday, September 26

September 22, 2016

Bur Oak Blight (BOB) has been a hot topic as of late in the Iowa Great Lakes.  Below you will find information regarding a public meeting sponsored by the Dickinson County Extension office. Thank you for your support of the Iowa Great Lakes Association and explore this website for more information on BOB. Dickinson County … Read more…

IGLA releases information about Bur Oak Blight

September 9, 2016

The Iowa Great Lakes Association (IGLA) considers BOB a major threat to our environment on the same level as Zebra Mussels, Asian Jumping Carp and CAFO’s. BOB may be the greatest threat to the Aesthetics Oak Trees give to our lake homes and surrounding areas. We have been warned many times to protect our Oaks and unfortunately … Read more…

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