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  Your generosity will contribute to the cost of the flood study, whose recommendation will provide lake level management, help prevent flooding, protect high water damage to shorelines, docks, lifts and hoists.

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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Watershed Flood Study

March 15, 2019

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your generosity will contribute to the cost of the flood study, whose recommendation will provide lake level management, help prevent flooding, protect high water damage to shorelines, docks, lifts and hoists.

2019 Curly Leaf Pondweed Strategy

March 14, 2019

March 5, 2019 Spirit Lake – Invasive curlyleaf pondweed has become a common site in the spring on portions of the Iowa Great Lakes in recent years. The 2019 plan for managing this plant will be similar to 2018, but treat more acres. A team of leaders from the county, local cities, lake associations, drinking … Read more

Nature Center Purchases Brooks Golf Course

March 14, 2019

An anonymous donor gifted the Dickinson County Conservation Board the funds to purchase the Brooks Golf Course.  The course, which leads up to the Nature Center property, will have a lasting impact on conservation and protection for generations to come. Click link below to read the full story from the Dickinson County News. NEWS STORY … Read more

Sanitary District Requests Refrain From Water Usage

March 14, 2019

The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District is requesting people refrain from using water as much as possible. Officials say the system and the treatment plant on the northeast side of Milford are under a lot of strain right now and whatever you can do to help alleviate the volume going into the system would be … Read more

Snowfall Raises Spring Flooding Concerns

February 21, 2019

As The Snow Pack Increases, So Too, Does The Concern For Flooding This Spring Wed 2-20-2019 (Spirit Lake)– As the snow pack across the region continues to increase, so too does the concern over the potential for flooding this spring. Mike Gillespie, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls tells KUOO news … Read more

Winter Games Event Benefitting IGLA

January 7, 2019

Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 26th as from 10am-4pm IGLA member REMAX Lakes Realty hosts tethered hot air balloon rides for $20.  Proceeds benefit the Iowa Great Lakes Association and our mission to protect the natural environment we all cherish. This event takes place at Parks Marina on East Lake Okoboji during the 39th … Read more

High Water – A Study Initiated by IGLA

December 5, 2018

The waters of the Iowa Great Lakes may be frozen now, but they were high enough to all but halt boat traffic five months ago. And while wave and erosion control are on the back burner this winter, the Iowa Great Lakes Association is taking the first steps to get a scientific handle on the … Read more

IGLA Engages University of Iowa in Flood Analysis

December 3, 2018

IGLA (Iowa Great Lakes Association) and Clary Lake Service was honored to bring the world renowned hydrologist, Dr. Larry Weber and his colleagues working to evaluate the Iowa Great Lakes Area Watershed, to a packed house at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center at Okoboji. This study will take approximately 6-months to complete and findings will … Read more

Invasive Species Education

October 1, 2018

Community Development Manager, Jen Johnson-Ross, spent an entire day working with Spirit Lake 4th grade students discussing invasive species. This great group of kids learned about zebra mussels, curly leaf pondweed and Asian carp.

A Decade of IGLA

September 6, 2018

Your Iowa Great Lakes Association celebrates our 10 year anniversary in 2018. Below is an article from the Fall edition of Okoboji Magazine in which you will learn the history of and vision for our nonprofit association. Email okoboji@iowainformation.com if you would like to subscribe to this publication celebrating this extraordinary place we call home. … Read more

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