Spring 2017 Environmental Update

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

Johnson-Ross New IGLA Community Development Manager

Iowa Great Lakes Association President, Bill VanOrsdel, has announced Jen Johnson-Ross as the new Community Development Manager of the association dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing our lakes and environment. A Spirit Lake graduate, Johnson-Ross is a University of Iowa Graduate who possesses degrees in history and political science and certification as a secondary teacher.  … Read more

IGLA Video: Lower Gar Outlet

Did you know? A little-known area holds significant power in maintaining and preserving the Iowa Great Lakes. Three box culverts at Lower Gar Outlet near Milford have saved Lakes-area residents and businesses from sustaining significant damage when water levels naturally rise and fall. Listen as Iowa Great Lakes Association‬ President, Bill VanOrsdel, explains how our successful … Read more

Zebra Mussel collected in Iowa Great Lakes

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Iowa DNR recently collected a single live juvenile zebra mussel from Upper Gar Lake on a sampling plate used to monitor for the presence or absence of zebra mussels. Additional sampling was immediately conducted in Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, East Okoboji Lake, Upper Gar Lake, Minnewashta, and Lower Gar … Read more

Nebraska law cracks down on invasive carp

One fish, two fish Asian carp fish … no fish. It’s not exactly Dr. Seuss’ original story line, but it is what can happen when an invasive species such as Asian carp enters a lake. Asian carp are voracious eaters. They deplete the food supply for native fish, said Karie Decker, invasive species program coordinator … Read more

Westergard receives photo contest prize

Iowa Great Lakes Association Executive Director Phil Petersen presented Sue Westergard with the prize check for her winning entry in the Iowa Great Lakes Association’s Photo Contest. Westergard receive $250 for the winning photo. The People’s Choice Contest Continues. Vote today on our facebook page.