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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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

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

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