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Iowa Rivers Revival

Iowa Rivers Revival is now accepting nominations for the 2017 "River Town of the Year."  The deadline is January 6, 2017.

This annual award recognizes and celebrates an Iowa town or city for outstanding efforts to reclaim river-fronts as anchors for economic development, recreation, and good ecological practices.  Cities are invited to apply for the award, or citizens may nominate their town. 

We are excited to learn about what communities are doing across the state to protect and enhance their local rivers and streams.  This award provides and opportunity to showcase local stewardship and inspire others.

The award will be presented early 2017 at a reception hosted by Iowa Rivers Revival in the “River Town of the Year” community  and at a separate event at the Iowa State Capitol.   IRR will also work to provide additional opportunities to promote and recognize the “River Town of the Year” through media and river-related events.
To view the application, visit our website at

IRR’s website has previous winning cities’ applications, IRR news releases, and news coverage. Previous award recipients are:

  • Webster City - Boone River
  • Elkader - Turkey River
  • Coon Rapids - Middle Raccoon River
  • Cedar Falls - Cedar River
  • Charles City - Cedar River
  • Central City - Wapsipinicon River
  • Dubuque - Mississippi River and its tributaries
  • Decorah - Upper Iowa River
  • Manchester - Maquoketa River
  • Council Bluffs - Missouri River
  • Clinton - Mississippi River

Please email or call 515-724-4093 with questions.

Iowa Rivers Revival is a non-profit organization committed to protecting Iowa's rivers and streams.  For more information, please go to the website --


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