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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Oil Soaked Soil From Iowa’s Largest Train Derailment Being Disposed of in Dickinson County

July 26, 2018

(Spirit Lake)– The issue over soil contaminated by oil that was spilled in that BNSF train derailment near Doon last month being disposed of at the Dickinson County Landfill east of Arnolds Park is headed for the political arena. The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors this (Tues.) morning voted unanimously to send a letter to … Read more

East Loch Estates Hearing Update

July 19, 2018

Re: Lawsuit #1 – Concerned Citizens vs Dickinson County and the Board of Supervisors Lawsuit #2 – Concerned Citizens vs Dickinson County Board of Adjustment and David Kohlhaase, both individually and in his capacity as Zoning Administrator On Friday, July 27th, a consolidated trial will commence in the two actions known as Concerned Citizens of … Read more

IGLA efforts receive thanks

July 19, 2018

Click to read the full letters: Governor Reynolds Arnolds Park Center Lake Letter DNR Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District

Emergency No Wake Zone

June 27, 2018

Emergency 600-foot 5 mph/No-Wake rule now in effect for some lakes in Dickinson County On June 26, 2018, the level of East & West Lake Okoboji rose above 6.05 feet on the USGS Gauging Station. Per the Dickinson County Emergency Management Commission’s No-Wake Policy, the 300-foot no-wake (5 mph) zone (established by Iowa law) is … Read more

Restore the Park update 2018

June 4, 2018

The 2nd phase of the Restore the Park campaign is nearing completion. This video showcases the updates made to the crown jewel of the Iowa Great Lakes- the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. The Iowa Great Lakes, commonly referred to as “Okoboji”, is Iowa’s #1 vacation destination. Nestled in a farming community in NW Iowa, glacial … Read more

Curly Leaf Pond Weed Update

May 31, 2018

From the Sioux City Journal…. OKOBOJI, Iowa — Vacationeers returning to Okoboji this weekend again have been greeted by an invasive weed that threatens to curtail boating, fishing and other activities on some of the Iowa Great Lakes. The later than usual thawing of ice in the Dickinson County lakes delayed the blooming of curlyleaf … Read more

Beautification Project Presented

May 31, 2018

(Okoboji)– Some preliminary plans for the first of what organizers hope will become a three-phase project to beautify and enhance the Highway 71 corridor through the Iowa Great Lakes were unveiled at a public informational meeting Tuesday evening in Okoboji. It’s been dubbed “Imagine Iowa Great Lakes”. The total cost of the first phase, said … Read more

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

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