Council to celebrate 20th anniversary at Pro H2O

posted on Monday, June 1, 2015 in Council News

Katy Heggen, Iowa Environmental Council
office: 515-244-1194 x 210

Iowa Environmental Council will celebrate 20th anniversary and early leaders at Pro H2O

June 2, 2015 (DES MOINES, IA) – Since its founding 20 years ago, the Iowa Environmental Council has made improving the quality of Iowa’s rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands a top priority. 

Next Thursday, June 11, a diverse group of Iowans including environmentalists, business leaders, policy makers and individuals passionate about protecting and preserving Iowa’s natural resources will gather on the bank of the Des Moines River for Pro H2O, a celebration of the Council’s 20th anniversary. Together, they will toast to continued advocacy and a shared vision for a future with clean water.  


WHAT: Second Annual Pro H2O – Celebrating 20 Years
WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Brenton Skating Plaza, Des Moines
WHO: All Iowans passionate about protecting Iowa’s environment
Tickets are $45 per person and are available at

This year’s event will honor six community leaders that were instrumental in shaping and defining the Council. 2015 honorees include Mark Ackelson, Linda Appelgate, Buz Brenton, Charlotte Hubbell, David Hurd and David Osterberg.

“The Council’s ability to gather the knowledge and expertise of our members and bring a diverse group of stakeholders to the table is one of our greatest assets,” said Executive Director Ralph Rosenberg. “This event is about celebrating those partnerships and our collective, continued commitment to creating a safe, healthy environment and sustainable future for Iowa.”

The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, drinks, interactive water exhibits, live music from Extravision, an honoree recognition program, remarks from Pat Boddy, and fun with like-minded friends. Nick Renkoski will emcee.

Pro H2O is sponsored by BNIM, Christiani's Catering, Growing Green Communities, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Rivers Revival, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Linda Appelgate, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Raygun, RDG Planning & Design, Riley Resource Group, and Wells Fargo.


The Iowa Environmental Council is an alliance of diverse organizations and individuals working together to protect Iowa's natural environment. Since 1995, the Council has worked toward creating a safe, healthy environment and sustainable future for Iowa, focusing on water and land stewardship, clean energy and air quality.