Upper Iowa River Alliance

The Upper Iowa River Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that exists to promote, protect, and enhance the Upper Iowa River.
The Upper Iowa River Alliance was created as an opportunity for representatives of tourism groups, county conservation boards, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Upper Iowa River landowners to have a venue in which to speak to one another to resolve issues and develop opportunities for unique and strong partnerships.

This partnership from Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties has proved crucial for the development of river resources, and with the state of Iowa’s unique laws regarding ownership rights, it won’t be disappearing anytime soon. Nearly all of the waterways in Iowa are privately owned (non-meandered) but the water is open to public use. This creates a unique and possibly troubling scenario for livery owners and other businesses who are reliant on the Iowa rivers. The opportunity the River Alliance has created for open dialogue has created a strong foundation in which both conservation and tourism focused on natural resources can be built. It is the foundation for win-win scenarios.

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