Introduction to River Restoration in Northeast Iowa

Join IRR for one of two Introduction to River Restoration with along with Iowa DNR fisheries staff and other local agencies. There will be several site visits as part of the field component for the workshops including sites along the Turkey and Maquoketa Rivers to observe examples of in-progress or completed river restoration projects and examples of best practices. Natural river restoration can be an … Read more

Powerful Examples and Guidance for Modifying Dangerous Dams!

Iowa has 177 low-head dams in 57 of the state’s  99 counties. “Low-head” dams span the river and are less then 20 feet high (many just 2-5 feet high).  The dams often are deceptively dangerous “drowning machines.”  Since 1900, at least 163 people have been killed in the deadly recirculating currents that form below these dams — 31 since 1998.  The drop below the dam can … Read more

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