GUTTENBERG, Iowa (KWWL) – The Iowa Rivers Revival group named Guttenberg the 2019 River Town of the Year on Monday.
IRR board members will travel to the Clayton County community on April 8 to present the award to Guttenberg’s City Manager during a celebration ahead of the 6 p.m. council meeting that night. A news release from the IRR says the selection of Guttenberg aims to highlight: “partnerships to protect and enhance local rivers and streams, innovative storm water controls and river protection measures, efforts to improve water quality, historical and cultural preservation, providing river access, efforts to protect and enhance greenbelts and ecosystems, education and advocacy by local watershed groups and river tourism efforts.”
Monday’s announcement from the IRR also celebrates Guttenberg as a “beautiful community located on the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa. Guttenberg is also on the National Scenic Byways and the Great River Road. Tucked between the Mississippi River and the Limestone Bluffs that edged the frontier, the area now known as Guttenberg, is an Iowa Great Place. No matter which way visitors enter, they are welcomed by dramatic overlooks of the historic town and the plethora of natural resource treasures that surround it. This historic German community is nestled in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, next to stately US Army Corp of Engineer Lock and Dam Number 10 and numerous local, state and private natural resource areas, Guttenberg is a shining example of an Iowa community that embraces its past, welcomes its future and recognizes its potential!”