2021 Beach Season Kicks Off With Three Advisories

posted on Friday, May 28, 2021 in Water and Land News

Welcome Back to Beach Season!

No one can argue that 2020 was a remarkable year for many reasons. One of the positive outcomes of a difficult time was an increase in park visitation and outdoor recreation. With Iowans seeking solace in nature’s beauty and finding a safe way to get together with friends and family, Iowa state park usage set new records. 

Clear Lake Beach 2018As we look ahead to the 2021 summer recreation season, we don’t see any reason for the outdoor activity to slow down. Our hope this year, and every year since we started Weekly Water Watch, is that more Iowans will understand the threats to our water resources, better understand what is really happening with our water quality, and be inspired to take action and call for policy change to protect our rivers and lakes. 

Beginning this weekend, Iowa state parks are fully open and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District are conducting weekly beach monitoring at a limited number of public beaches; monitoring will continue through Labor Day weekend. This year, IEC has created an interactive Google map of state park beaches to our Weekly Water Watch webpage. We’ll update the map each week to reflect the latest data and advisories. This is an easy way to check the status of a state park beach you are headed to! 

Visit our Weekly Water Watch webpage to see the interactive map, read the full issue of Weekly Water Watch, and sign up to receive alerts. 

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