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Notable Quotes from Sackett v. EPA by Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug

A major decision by the Supreme Court (Sackett v. EPA) has limited the scope of the Clean Water Act. A few choice quotes from the concurring opinions reveal what's at stake.

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Clean Water Act Fact 25: WOTUS (Waters of the United States)

Clean Water Act: 50 Years, 50 Facts Video Short, Fact 25

by Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug

The recent Supreme Court ruling in Sackett v. EPA is bad news for wetlands, but we can still have some fun with this topic. Hall & Oates, meet Dredge & Fill!

Fact 25 WOTUS - 90 Second Video

What’s Next for Water Monitoring in Iowa?

by Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug

Over the next year, with Water Foundation support, we'll be building a network of groups in Iowa interested in water monitoring.

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Story County Water Quality Monitoring Update

by Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug

Water quality isn't just one thing, and they don't always go together. In May, the creek with the lowest E. coli had the highest nitrate.

Full Monthly Update With Detailed Data Here

How a Pollinator Plan Can Enrich Life in Ames

by Pollinator Specialist Jessica Butters

We are *buzzing* with exciting news! Mayor John Haila recently proclaimed National Pollinator Week in Ames, starting on Monday, June 19. Additionally, Haila announced a plan to make Ames a more pollinator-friendly city!

4 Minute Read

Pollinator of the Month


by Pollinator Specialist Jessica Butters

The hummingbirds are back! Hummingbirds such as the ruby-throated hummingbird are important pollinators, needing to visit up to 2,000 flowers each day to feed their high metabolism! They also steal insects out of spider webs. Planting native columbine, phlox, bee balm, and trumpet honeysuckle will attract and keep these flying gems nearby!

Please Welcome Our New Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway Coordinator Jeanie Hau!

Jeanie comes to Prairie Rivers of Iowa with a background in landscape architecture, environmental studies, and design. She is an Iowa State University graduate but also cheers for the Hawks, the Panthers, and the Bulldogs.

She says that the best adventure she has ever taken was with the National Park Service NE Region as a landscape architecture historian. Jeanie likes to read, flower garden, and thrift shop instead of cleaning her house. Her husband, Matt (of 32 years), daughters, Arabella (21), Audrey (19), and son, Joshua (16) are not as happy with her cleaning habits. Jeanie brings positive energy and is excited to begin her newest journey on the Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway with you as the Iowa Coordinator.

Lincoln Highway Historic Property Survey

You are invited to participate in a first-of-its-kind survey assessing the preservation needs of historical properties and historic properties contributing to historic commercial districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places within five miles of the Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway in Iowa. This needs assessment is being undertaken by the Ames-based nonprofit Prairie Rivers of Iowa (PRI) with funding from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Learn More And Take the Survey Here

Prairie Rivers of Iowa Wish List

A fun and unique way to support our work is to contribute to our Wish List. Your special gift helps purchase the critical supplies we need to battle issues facing pollinators in Iowa and identify historic Properties along the Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway in Iowa.

Yes I'd Like to Give to the PRI Wish List


North American Prairie Conference

Hosts: Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

June 26-29, The Meadows Event Center

Join prairie experts, enthusiasts, and more for America's oldest and most celebrated native grassland conference!

Visit here for more info and registration.

65th Annual Rose Festival

June 15-18, Along the Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway, Rose Capital of Iowa, State Center

Grand Parade, Kids Zone, Rose Queen Pageant, Fireworks, Music, Food

Visit here for details!

Ogden Fun Days Extravaganza!

June 23-24, 2023 Along the Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway, Ogden, Iowa

Carnival, Motor & Quilt Shows, Tractor Ride, Kids Activities, Music, Food

Visit here for more details.

Iowa Gives Green

A Day of Giving to Benefit Iowa's Environment

Wednesday August 2nd

Save the date!

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