IOWATER Volunteer Awards
IOWATER Volunteer of
the Year - Curtis Lundy.
Curtis began monitoring Duck Creek in
Davenport in 1998 with the Izaak Walton League's Save Our Stream program
and has been with IOWATER since near its inception as an active proponent
of water quality monitoring. He was largely responsible for the first
IOWATER Level 1 workshop held in Davenport in April 2000. Curtis's
enthusiasm and coalition-building skills helped form the Iowa Riverbend
Streamkeepers, uniting teachers, state and federal government agencies,
conservation groups, and the Riverboat Development Authority in a
five-county area monitoring strategy. Left: Dr. Mary Skopec of the
Ambient Monitoring Program presents Curtis with his award.
Professional of the Year - Lora Friest.
Lora is the project coordinator for
the Upper Iowa River Watershed Project (RC&D for NE IA Inc.) in northeast
Iowa. Through her efforts, over 80 IOWATER sites and dozens of volunteers and
professionals have been coordinated and focused on the 640-thousand acre
watershed. Future activities could expand the coordinated activities to the
Turkey and Yellow river watersheds. Lora has repeatedly helped IOWATER “push
the limits” on procedures through advising and participation. Left: Lora
receives her award from Dr. Mary Skopec.
Volunteer Organization of the Year - Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association.
Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association was founded in 1975 by a small group of Iowa
anglers and conservationists dedicated to the promotion of fly fishing and
conservation work to preserve Iowa's fly-fishing waters. Many of their members
participated in early IOWATER “pilot” workshops in 1999 and have continued
to actively support the program. The association is an active advocate for
environmental policy, participating directly in the saving of French Creek and
expressing support for strong water-quality standards through the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources. Left: Accepting for the Hawkeye Fly Fishing
Association is President Steve Veysey.
Award - Donald Lund. Donald has proven a tireless volunteer for many years
within the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association. His active pursuits of fly-fishing
and dog tracking in addition to his love of the outdoors enhance his
contributions to the IOWATER database. Don spreads his volunteer work over
eastern Iowa, including Dutton's Cave in FayetteCounty, Bigalk Creek in Howard
County, Old Womans Creek and Phebe Creek in Johnson County, and Bigalk Creek and
Bohemian Creek in Winneshiek County. No photo available.
Award - James Martin. When it comes to energy, James is definitely a leader.
He and cohort Brian Emerson have established a comprehensive Web organization,
“Watersheds Unite,” which provides information, resources and citizen
networking for issues surrounding water quality in Iowa. In addition to his
prolific volunteer water quality monitoring on Snyder Creek, James also is a
valuable volunteer for the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District
with his extensive Geographical Information System (GIS) expertise. No photo
2001 Keepers of the Land Volunteer Awards
Individual Volunteer Award - Eric Meyer, Lake
Eric planned and
implemented a difficult swimming beach renovation at Black Hawk State Park
Campground as an Eagle Scout Project. He
lined up donations of railroad ties and 68 tons of sand, the drivers and trucks
to deliver it, and 23 volunteers to complete the project. Left: Pictured with
Eric Meyer are Eric Haakenson, park ranger with the Iowa DNR and former
DNR Director Paul Johnson.
Volunteer Group Award - Friends of Discovery, Lewis & ClarkState Park, Onawa.
The Friends of Discovery are dedicated to maintaining and displaying
three wooden boat replicas of Lewis & Clark expedition boats, the only place
along the Lewis & Clark Trail where we can see authentic replicas on the
water. This year the friends
contributed over 4,500 hours giving historical programs, raising money, and
performing maintenance activities. Left: Park Ranger Kevin Pape of the
Iowa DNR nominated the Friends of Discovery for their award. Also pictured
with the Friends is Paul Johnson, former Iowa DNR director.
Volunteer Project Award - Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill, Muscatine.
Formed in 1996, the Friends have worked thousands of hours to restore the
historic grist mill at Wildcat Den State Park.
They restored the mill's machinery, installed lighting, staff the mill on
Sunday afternoons during the summer, and staff the annual Heritage Day that
showcases various pioneer crafts and skills.
They have raised approximately $60,000 for the restoration. No photo
DNR Staff Award - Pat Schlarbaum, Boone.
Pat has worked with volunteers in the Wildlife Diversity Program since
1985. His most notable efforts have
been with the Peregrine Falcon Reintroduction Program, Iowa's Bluebird Recovery
Program, and the Osprey Introduction Project.
Much of the success of these three programs has been because of Pat's
long-term dedication to working with the volunteers and key players who help
make these projects happen. Left: Bruce Ehresman of the Iowa DNR nominated
his colleague Pat for this award. Also pictured - former Iowa DNR Director
Director's Award - Lewis & Clark Festival Committee, Onawa.
The Festival Committee has a 17-year history of partnering with DNR in
planning, promoting and working at the annual Lewis & Clark Festival,
drawing an estimated 10,000 participants in 2001.
Sixty key volunteers work an estimated 500 hours during the weekend
selling souvenirs, parking cars, registering participants, and ensuring the
smooth running of the festival. The
money raised goes back into making the festival self-sustaining. Left: Kevin
Pape and Paul Johnson present Deanna Burgess with the 2001 Director's