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

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.

KTIV Report: Zebra mussels invade Iowa Great Lakes

May 2, 2017

The Iowa Great Lakes is facing a major threat.

An invasive species native to the Caspian Sea has made a new home right here in Northwest Iowa.

There’s no turning back now, so what will happen to the Iowa Great Lakes as the spread of zebra mussels continues?

Spring 2017 Environmental Update

April 7, 2017

Iowa Great Lakes Association Environmental Update Spring 2017 Zebra Mussels Zebra mussel populations continue to expand in the Iowa Great Lakes. The populations is expected to continue to increase in the coming years before reaching a limit and moderating. The biggest impact to lakeshore residents continues to be colonization on hoists, docks and swim ladders. … Read more

Curly Leaf Pondweed Meeting held April 4

April 5, 2017

The Iowa Great Lakes Association held an informational meeting regarding the Curly Leaf Pondweed that has caused issues with recreation in the Iowa Great Lakes.  With over 100 people in attendance at the meeting held at Rolling Oaks Barn, we all walked away with more information thanks to Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist Mike Hawkins’ explanation … Read more

Curlyleaf Pond Weed Informational Meeting

March 24, 2017

The Iowa Great Lakes Association will host an informational meeting open to the public on Tuesday, April 4th at 3 pm in the loft of Rolling Oaks Barn in Spirit Lake to discuss Curlyleaf Pond Weed in the Iowa Great Lakes. Mild falls and winters have provided the opportune environment for this invasive species, introduced … Read more

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

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