Summer Fun Index

Counting the ways we enjoy clean water
Released by: Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center

Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for many Iowans. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. In short, the summer reminds us that Iowa’s waterways are vital to our quality of life. We should be doing everything we can to protect them.

As the summer draws to a close, Environment Iowa Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities. And this year, we have a special reason to celebrate: on August 28th, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule goes into effect—helping to ensure that all our waters are safe for swimming and fishing by restoring Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways across the country.