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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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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

Supervisors Approve Planning & Zoning Recommendations

June 29, 2022

June 28, 2022 Dickinson County Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation from the county’s Planning & Zoning Commission to move campgrounds in areas zoned R-1 suburban residential & resort enterprise from permitted uses to conditional uses in those areas.  Zoning Administrator David Kohlhaase says the move will allow for some “additional checks & balances”. At … Read more

Proposed Campground Draws Protest

April 27, 2022

It was standing room only in the April Dickinson County Board of Adjustment meeting as a 174-site campground was proposed at the Woodlyn Hills Golf Course.  One of the developers of the proposed campground, Brian Schmidt said this would fill a void in our community. Neighbors voiced concern over public safety, noise, aesthetics, traffic and … Read more

Emerald Ash Borer

April 27, 2022

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been detected in almost all of Iowa’s 99 counties, including Dickinson County.  The emerald ash borer’s larval stage is responsible for the damage that leads to the death of its host. The larvae’s feeding under the tree bark, eventually damaging the tree’s ability to transport moisture and nutrients from the soil … Read more

Gillnetting Season

April 1, 2022

Gillnetting has started on the Iowa Great Lakes. Mike Hawkins, Fisheries Biologist with the Iowa DNR, stated that the process for Northern Pike is already underway.  Netting Walleye & Muskies are slated to begin in a week or so. Gillnetting allows for the harvest of eggs to be hatched and delivered throughout the state to … Read more

SF2312 Threatens Environmental Groups & Landowners

March 10, 2022

Many must have been wondering whether there was something in Iowa’s water on March 4, 2019. That morning, thousands of Iowans from all corners of the state and with little notice, moved and spoke as one. In the weeks prior, email accounts, text messages, and social media were buzzing with rumors of a concerning proposal … Read more

Bur Oak Blight Continues to Plague the Lakes

February 23, 2022

(Des Moines)– The only oak species that is native in all of Iowa’s 99 counties is facing some disease issues. The D-N-R’s Tivon Feeley says they are seeing a lot of Bur Oak Blight, which is a fungus that appears on the leaf. He says Burr Oak Blight numbers have been “kind of fluctuating,” and … Read more

DNR Updates Impaired Waterways List

February 18, 2022

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources seeks public comment on its updated lists of Iowa’s impaired waterways, including several bodies of water within Dickinson County. Emerson Bay, West Lake Okoboji Lower Gar Center Lake Diamond Lake Little Spirit Lake Pleasant Lake Little Swan Lake Silver Lake Little Sioux River Prairie Lake   Both Marble Lake … Read more

Melissa Etheridge Headlines Blue Water Festival

February 15, 2022

The Okoboji Protective Association announces Melissa Etheridge to headline Blue Water Fest. One of rock’s most enduring and favorite female singer-songwriters will headline the evening concert at this summer’s Okoboji Blue Water Festival on Saturday, August 13. Melissa Etheridge – the artist with the raspy, smoky voice who has remained one of America’s favorite performers … Read more

Proposed Silver Lake Development Stirs Controvery

February 15, 2022

A public hearing regarding a developer’s request to rezone land from Highway Commercial to Resort Commercial was held on Monday, Feb. 14th’s Lake Park City Council meeting.  Seth Hellinga is proposing to build 63 cabins on the south side of Silver Lake.  Water quality, safety, boat volume, noise and aesthetics were concerns posed by the … Read more

Lower Gar – City of Milford & County Continue to Work on Agreement

February 15, 2022

The Milford City Council met Monday, February 14th and reviewed a proposed agreement with Dickinson County pertaining to the Lower Gar Outlet, saying they want changes made to it.  Supervisor Tim Fairchild informed fellow supervisors of the matter at the Tuesday, February 15th supervisor’s meeting. “They want to go to a 25-year maintenance agreement.  They … Read more

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Road or water, always have a sober driver or operator.

We're patrolling Iowa's waterways heavily this weekend to help provide a safe experience for boaters by taking boat operators under the influence off the water.

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National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD
250 PM CDT Sun Jun 12 2022


* WHAT...Heat index values up to 104 expected.

* WHERE...Portions of central, east central, south central and southeast South Dakota, northeast Nebraska and northwest and west central Iowa. This includes the Tribal Lands of the Yankton Sioux Tribal Nation.

* WHEN...From 1 PM to 9 PM CDT Monday.

* IMPACTS...Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.


Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.
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Not all Dickinson County residents have a voice. IGLA is that voice.

Join our mission of PRESERVING & PROTECTING the Iowa Great Lakes at www.IAGreatLakes.com.

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Sand Hill Cranes in a pasture on the Emmet/Dickinson County line. This marsh is generally home to Canadian Geese and the occasional pair of Trumpeter Swans passing through. What a sight!

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Sand Hill Cranes in a pasture on the Emmet/Dickinson County line. This marsh is generally home to Canadian Geese and the occasional pair of Trumpeter Swans passing through. What a sight!

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Is this the same pair that had two volts last week.?

Colts not volts

Kim Schnepf-Watts


Turtles are on the move right now, and they're STUBBORN. That's because they're looking for gravel to lay eggs, sometimes near the road, unfortunately. 🐢 Here's how to help and how to *not* anger a snapper:

If you see a turtle trying to cross the road and it's safe for you to do so:
🐢 pick up the turtle with both hands (with gloves if you have them) by the shell, and from behind. Do NOT pick up a turtle by its tail - it can cause spinal damage.
🐢 for snapping turtles, you may want to just encourage it across the road rather than picking it up. If you do pick it up, grab the snapper by its back legs with its head facing AWAY from your body. Trust us on the "away from your body" part.
🐢 always move the turtle in the direction it was already moving. Otherwise, it will just try to cross again after you leave. We said they're stubborn, remember? Do not take the turtle to a different location, and especially not home with you.
🐢 if the turtle is sitting in gravel, leave it be, as it's likely nesting.
🐢 wash your hands thoroughly after handling a turtle.
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Free fishing days this weekend!Tell your friends you're taking them fishing this weekend - Iowa's free fishing days! 🎣

Iowa residents can try fishing without buying a license on June 3, 4 and 5 (all other regulations remain in place). It's the perfect time to introduce friends and family to Iowa fishing!

Find a place to fish: iowadnr.gov/FishLocal
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Free fishing days this weekend!

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Dickinson County Courthouse 2022. Honoring those who gave their all for the freedoms we enjoy.🇺🇸

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Dickinson County Courthouse 2022. Honoring those who gave their all for the freedoms we enjoy.🇺🇸

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The look and overall ambience of the Park is wondrous. Thank you for the design and construction of this step back in time and lovely invitation to laugh.

Great job ❤️❤️

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