Funding for the DNR’s River Program is in Jeopardy!
In order to help us save this important program, please contact your legislator TODAY!

Senate switch board: 515-281-3371
House switch board: 515-281-3321

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  • Dam modification eliminates problems while improving safety, reducing financial costs, enhancing fisheries, restoring river connectivity and habitat, and increasing recreational opportunities.
  • More recreational opportunities mean more economic development potential. Iowa’s three whitewater park communities- Charles City, Elkader, and Manchester- have been successful in showcasing their rivers to attract tourists, businesses, and new residents.
  • (According to Outdoor Industry Association, 2017) Outdoor recreation in Iowa generates:
    • $8.7 billion in consumer spending annually
    • 83,000 direct jobs
    • $2.7 billion in wages and salaries
    • $649 million in state and local tax revenue
  • There are $11.2 million in shovel-ready Water Trail projects across the state.
  • Future dam projects in Fort Dodge, Waterloo, Mason City, Central City, and Winterset have local support and are in the early phases of design and cost estimation. Partnering support remains critical for permitting and design assistance.
  • Iowa has 177 low-head dams in 57 of the 99 counties.
  • Deadly recirculating currents that form below these dams have killed many unsuspecting recreationists.
  • Often, these dams pose safety threats to people and communities, burden owners with costly repairs, and diminish stream health and the vitality of aquatic life.

Remember to tell YOUR story when you speak to your elected official and highlight how projects like these improve the quality of life for you, your family, your community, and Iowa as a whole.  Our elected officials need to hear from all of us if we are going to continue this important work to revive our rivers!

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