Sunday, June 23, 2019
Begins at 11am.

Izaak Walton League - Water Works Park

4343 George Flagg Parkway - Des Moines, Iowa

The Iowa Water Festival showcases a wide array of talented individuals and organizations who share the same concern for clean water. It is a free event for the entire family featuring water related artwork, music, dance, and fun educational activities. Kids and adults can make origami boats, do water testing, Japanese Fish painting, experience Indigenous drumming, and authentic teepee, a dunk tank, and much, much more.

The Iowa Water Festival, the state’s premier clean water advocacy event, will unite educators, scientists and other speakers to bring awareness of Iowa’s water quality issues and show Iowans how they can promote waterway health, restore Iowa’s land fertility using climate-smart agriculture practices, and encourage elected officials and decision-makers to commit to action that will lead to long-term changes to clean Iowa’s waters.

Currently, 750 of Iowa’s waterways do not meet the clean water standards. Our agricultural watersheds feed into the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, making Iowa one of the major contributors to the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. High levels of nitrates and chemicals in Iowa’s rivers challenge the ability to provide safe drinking water to Iowa’s residents.

lunch details

Lunch is available from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

The event is free to attend.

Lunch tickets cost $15. Your ticket secures you a locally sourced meat or vegan dish. 

During this time the following speakers will be presenting: 

  • 11:30 am: Opening Ceremony: Donnielle Wanatee - Meskwaki Tribe, The Indigenous roots of our land

  • 12 pm: Mike Delaney - Conservation Director, Izaak Walton League, Overview of Iowa’s current landscape

  • 1 pm: Liz Cunningham - Author & Speaker “Ocean Country” connection with hope from land to Sea

  • 2 pm: Bill Van Bonn, DVM, Water and animal health from Iowa to the Gulf of Mexico


  • Joe Henry, Realtor & Community Advocate

  • Curtis Cokeley

  • Institute for Global Health & Health Policy

  • Kemin Industries

  • Channing for Climate

  • Mike Delaney

  • Jack Hatch

  • Eddie Mauro

  • Dr. Bill & Anna Van Bonn

  • S Uedelhofen Design

  • Raygun

  • Prudent Produce

  • Des Moines Chapter of Izaak Walton League

  • Visual House

  • Brian Casey

  • Embrace Life Chiropractic

  • Environmental Law & Policy Center

  • Raymond J. Tarpley

  • Boesen the Florist

  • Brightside Kitchen

  • Fresh Cafe & Market

  • Des Moines Water Works

  • Ecocare Supply

  • EcoFluence

  • Raccoon River Watershed Association

  • Rainsoft Home Water Systems by The Detox Artist

  • Rick Smith for Climate Youth

  • Moberg Framing

  • Linda Appelgate

  • Paula D. Barbour

  • Iowa H2O

  • Laura A. Mackaman

  • Ann Y. Robinson

  • Deb Smith

  • Dawn Thorpe

  • Nancy Goreman

  • Jon Tesdell