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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IGLA Donation to Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue

May 4, 2018

IGLA Executive Director Phil Petersen presents APO Fire & Rescue Captain Mike Hawkins with a check for $100 in support of the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fore & Rescue Department’s Annual Pancake Fundraiser. APO Fire & Rescue was established as a joint department in 2000 with services including: fire protection to the cities of Arnolds Park & … Read more

April 30th & The Iowa Great Lakes Are ICE FREE!

April 30, 2018

Monday, April 30th’s morning thunderstorm took out what ice was left in the Iowa Great Lakes. Kirk Ewen of Arnolds Park keeps track of the official freeze-thaw dates of the lakes. He told KUOO News the ice went out of East Lake Okoboji Sunday (April 29th) and this morning (Mon., April 30th) on West Lake … Read more

Michael McDonald with Special Guest Atlanta Rhythm Section to headline Okoboji Blue Water Fest

March 26, 2018

The Okoboji Blue Water Festival announced their entertainment for the weekend celebrating the natural environment that makes the Iowa Great Lakes so unique to the Midwest. Michael McDonald featuring the Atlanta Rhythm Section and opening act The Firm!  We are all in for a memorable evening along the majestic shores of West Lake Okoboji on … Read more

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

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