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.

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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

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

Iowa Select Withdraws Hog Lot Permit

September 28, 2017

(Des Moines)– Iowa Select, the largest corporate hog operation in Iowa and the 8th largest natioanlly announced today (Tues.) it’s withdrawing permit applications for two proposed confinement operations in Wayne and Clay counties. The proposed operation in Clay county was to be located near Spencer. Opponents gathered signatures on a petition. The board of supervisors … Read more

Arnolds Park Restoration

September 21, 2017

Restore the Park Arnolds Park Amusement Park is restoring this crown gem of the Iowa Great Lakes for generations to come. Your Iowa Great Lakes Association is a proud supporter of this endeavor and we ask that you consider contributing, as well. All gifts help, and ALL GIFTS are appreciated. Donate Now at ArnoldsPark.com

Center Lake Restoration

August 6, 2017

The restoration of Center Lake is nearing completion. Water clarity has been vastly improved, the water is no longer overrun with algae and run off has been curbed. This body of water plays a significant role in our watershed. Listen as our President Bill Van Orsdel explains what has transpired on this body of water … Read more

Des Moines Register covers “monster weed”

June 26, 2017

A monster weed is invading the Iowa Great Lakes and no one is sure how to stop it.

Invasive curlyleaf pondweed has been choking East Okoboji Lake, snarling boat propellers, burning up motors and shutting down swimming, tubing and other water sports in an area that depends on recreation.

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