Podcast: The Economic Impact of Rivers and Streams

February 6, 2024

Over the past fifteen years old and abandoned rail lines have been repurposed to become bicycle trails for the thousands of people who enjoy riding, sometimes, miles each week. That has resulted in some major economic development as restaurants, bars, ice cream joints and retailers open shops along those trails.

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Business Record: Winners of 2023 BPC News Changemaker Awards Announced

December 14, 2023

Cultural Story of the YearThis award recognizes a notable story of a nonprofit, cultural organization or cultural leader’s success and achievements that have made a significant positive contribution to the community. Winner: Easter Lake project announced – Polk County Conservation Board. Easter Lake’s new recreation site will be one of the…

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WHO Newsradio 1040: Water Trails Project Takes Shape in Des Moines River Basin

October 30, 2023

If you see construction equipment down in the Des Moines River bed near the Scott Avenue bridge, it’s part of a larger project. Iowa Confluence (ICON) Water Trails is a public-private partnership, establishing several kayaking launch points on both the Des Moines and Racoon Rivers in central Iowa. Besides shoreline improvements,…

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Business Record: A Closer Look at Stephanie Oppel

October 20, 2023

Stephanie Oppel looks to her family for inspiration when it comes to helping ICON Water Trails reach its full potential as a recreation and placemaking attraction that can help the region attract and retain talent, and improve water quality throughout Central Iowa. She started as ICON’s new executive director on…

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WHO 13: Construction on ICON Water Trails Begins in Des Moines

October 17, 2023

Three total whitewater access points are planned to be located in downtown Des Moines and open to the public in 2026. ICON Water Trails is in charge of these three and 12 other recreational sites around central Iowa. ICON is connecting 150 miles of rivers and creeks in the state,…

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