A solution that benefits everyone.

“To do good, you actually have to do something.”
-Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia

An issue that impacts us all.

Flooding, groundwater and surface water pollution are at all-time highs in Iowa and elsewhere. Human practices, including filling in wetlands, create conditions that harm both humans and the environment and cost untold millions to clean up after the fact. Nitrate pollution alone has cost Iowa taxpayers more than $80 million, with more spent each year. Contamination of drinking and recreational water, increased flooding and health concerns are just a few harmful impacts we need to address now.

An issue that impacts us all.

We’ve witnessed firsthand the devastating effects that flooding and chemical contamination can have on our land, our waterways, and our communities. The deteriorating state of Iowa’s rivers and streams has already cost taxpayers more that $80 million in equipment to remover nitrates. The burden is further passed along to the taxpayers when the nitrate-removing equipment needs to be run more frequently.

A solution that benefits everyone.

See how wetlands slow and store storm water to help reduce adjacent and downstream flooding and contamination.

TRAVELERS & RESIDENTS

100% of your donation goes toward supporting local water quality initiatives in Linn and Johnson Counties.

Linn County Projects

In 2016, Linn County residents overwhelmingly passed a $40 million Water and Land Legacy Bond with 74% support to fund water quality, park, and trail projects around the county. The Linn County Conservation Board is leveraging these dollars along with Wings2Water donations for maximum benefits to our region. Learn more about the Morgan Creek Park Wetland Complex and Linn County Learning Farm projects.

Johnson County Projects

The Johnson County Conservation department manages natural resources and outdoor recreation areas throughout the county. Several native prairies, river access areas, small community parks, and the 1,052-acre F.W. Kent Park provide a variety of services in natural resources recreation, and conservation. Learn more about the projects you can help support.

Did You Know?

Restoring and preserving wetlands:

  • Reduces nitrogen levels by 54%
  • Reduces flooding and runoff
  • Reduces ground and surface water pollution
  • Saves taxpayers money
Marty Lenss

MAKING AN IMPACT

Wings2Water is important to us for three reasons. First, we’re the largest agricultural landowner in the area, and adapting more sustainable farming practices will help reduce runoff and pollution. Second, we believe wetlands restoration and improved farming practices, along with reducing impermeable surfaces and supporting restoration projects, is vital to resolving the problems. And third, due to our large volume of travelers, we have a unique opportunity to educate and motivate people like you to join us to support worthy projects. Someone needs to take the first step, and now is the time to get started.

Marty Lenss Director, Eastern Iowa Airport

HELP US IMPROVE:

Drinking Water | Recreational Water | Wildlife and Fish Habitat

HELP US REDUCE:

Water and Soil Polution | Flooding and Runoff | Costs to Taxpayers

Charitable contributions to governmental units are tax-deductible under section 1701(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code if made for a public purpose.

THE GLOBAL IMPACT

The Gulf’s seafood industry provides more than 40% of our nation’s seafood; Louisiana is second in seafood production in the U.S.

The science is settled — the Dead Zone is a solvable problem. Now, Iowa has the chance to lead the way.

The Time for Action is Now

The solutions are no secret. We know what needs to happen and we are in a position to do something meaningful about it. Besides, proactive measures are cheaper and more effective than reacting to disasters and destruction after they happen.