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Your Rivers & Your Legislators Notice

Postby feathhd » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:56 pm

Send your Legislature an e mail folks from both sides. Take the time and get it done. :beer:

Good afternoon,

You are invited to attend IRR’s Legislative Reception on Monday, February 3rd from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Noodle Zoo Cafe on E 6th and Locust in Des Moines. Last year’s reception was a huge SUCCESS with over a hundred people attending, and forty-nine of those guests were a bi-partisan representation of Iowa legislators.

This reception is a fun way to connect with your legislators and other river advocates about river issues in a casual environment. Light appetizers and beverages are provided at no cost. Come learn more about river issues and share with us your local projects and interests that impact Iowa’s rivers and streams. Please RSVP.

With over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams in this state, nearly every legislator in Iowa is connected to one or many of these important resources. Establishing and maintaining legislative relationships are key to ongoing support for river programs and funding that can protect and improve Iowa’s rivers and water quality. We hope you can attend and invite your lawmakers to join us whether you can attend or not. Drop them a quick note and encourage them to attend.

Example: “Dear Senator/Representative…I live in Cedar Rapids near the Cedar River – Iowa Rivers Revival is hosting a legislative reception on Monday, Feb 3 at the Noodle Zoo Café on E 6th and Locust from 5-7 p.m. and I hope you can attend to learn more about Iowa’s river programs and the many benefits rivers provide our community. Protecting and improving Iowa’s rivers and water quality are important to me because…. Sincerely, Name, Address”

Key River Issues:

***River Restoration Program for Iowa-IRR was successful in 2013 in recruiting legislative support to explore the potential of a River Restoration Program in Iowa. The bi-partisan Iowa Rivers and Waterways Study Committee unanimously supported recommendations to develop a program and demonstration projects that model river restoration practices. We need Senate and House Ag/Natural Resources Committees to propose $1 million in funding to support these recommendations.

***Low-Head Dam Mitigation and Water Trails Funding- IRR led support for $1 million in state funding in 2012 and 2013. We are seeking $2 million in 2014 to address the growing interest and demand in this cost-share program. Funding from this program provides local communities opportunities to address a range of river projects that improve safety by removing old and unsafe low-head dams, develop recreational accesses, provide guidance and information with kiosks and signage, enhance local economies by providing attractive river amenities for local and out-of-town visitors, and assist communities interested in water trail development.

Join us to support efforts to raise awareness about the importance of river funding and programs that can protect and improve Iowa’s rivers. RSVP to Jenn Dreier, administrative coordinator at jdreier@iowarivers.org or 515.724.4093 to help us plan appropriately for this event.

Please consider a donation to IRR today. Your contribution will help efforts to elevate river issues at the Iowa Statehouse and ensure Iowa’s rivers are protected and enhanced for future generations. You can donate online or mail a check to: Iowa Rivers Revival, PO Box 72, Des Moines, Iowa 50301. We greatly appreciate your contribution at any amount.

Thank you!

Rosalyn Lehman
Executive Director
Iowa Rivers Revival
PO Box 72, Des Moines, IA 50301
515-704-4073
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