IOWATER, Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host an Introductory IOWATER workshop at the Gilbertson Nature Center located in Elgin, Iowa on Saturday, August 13, 2011. During the workshop classroom instruction will be combined with hands-on training as participants learn how to monitor and assess the quality of their local streams, rivers, and lakes.

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Eight dam warning signs were recently placed above and below the Clermont Dam, and over the coming weeks, more than 200 additional signs will be placed along the 98-mile water trail from Fayette County's Gouldsburg Park to the Mississippi River. The map and new wayfinding signage will make it easier for river users to plan their trips, and on-water navigational signage (on bridges and at each river access point) will create a safer and more enjoyable experience.

Two Eleven new bridge sensors, which use sonar to detect the height of water under a bridge and automatically relay that information over the cell phone network, have been installed on the Turkey and Volga Rivers (also Crane Creek, Roberts Creek, Little Turkey RIver, and Otter Creek). The sensors were built by students at the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa toprovide real-time stage data that can be used by emergency personnel in Clayton and Fayettte counties.Read more ›