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Iowa Water Trails Association 
December, 2014  
In the Eddy: Planning Items Not In the Newsletter
New Phone Prefix at Des Moines DNR Office
Dec 9 & 10 IWILL Supporter Training Sessions
Dec 13 Due Date for IRR River Town Applications
Preparing for the 2015 Iowa Legislative Session
Iowa League of Women Voters IDs Water Quality as 2015 Key Issue
Jan 24 Indian Creek Nature Center Paddle Day in CR
Events to Kick Off 2015
Feb 8-11 Stream Restoration Symposium at Dubuque
Great River Rumble Coming To Turkey River WT in 2015
2014 IDNR WT Education Programs for Fall-Winter
Ice Rescue--Are You Ready to Help?
Iowa Outdoors Magazine Holiday Gift Subscription
Answer to Where Is It? Quiz
Answer to What Is It? Quiz
This Space Could Be Yours!
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Iowa Rivers Revival, Protector of Rivers, Streams & Watersheds

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Seasons Greetings 
to All of Our Subscribers

Wow! It's December already, and December again--

"Already" because 2014 has flown by. And  "Again" because this is our third December issue of the IWTA Newsletter. 


Our first issue was July 2012, which means that we have been bringing you info, ideas, and insight about Iowa Water Trails for 2 1/2 years.  We hope that you have enjoyed the journey as much as we have.  


Our growth to over 1100 subscribers indicates that we are doing something right, but we always welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can make this newsletter more valuable to you. Please keep us informed via email at:  


For a hardy few, paddling in Iowa is a year-round activity. Those hardy few have learned a lot about dealing with a mixture of water and ice, proper gear, proper planning, and safety in numbers.  If you think this challenge might be for you, we highly recommend that you visit with experienced paddlers through a full-service paddling shop, or experienced members of groups like Central Iowa Paddlers, Skunk River Paddlers, or Cedar Valley Paddlers. 


Please be careful out there, and we'll look forward to visiting with you at the paddling shows during January, February, and March.


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In the Eddy:  Quick Summary of Planning Items

PLANNING CALENDAR:  Winter Sunset G.Stark

(Dates & Events Not in Newsletter Articles.)


Dec 6; Full Moon.
Dec 7; Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Dec 13-14; Geminid Meteor Shower peaks with up to 120 meteors per hour.

Dec 14--Jan 5; Audubon Christmas Bird Count; 

Dec 21; Winter Solstice, shortest day of the year,1st day of Winter.


Sun sets on a short winter day in Iowa.  Photo by G.Stark

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New Phone Number Prefix for Iowa DNR Des Moines Office Now In Effect 

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New telephone numbers, with a 725 prefix, were activated for staff at the Iowa DNR Des Moines central office on Nov 24.  Update your contact info for Nate, John, Todd, and other River Programs staffers with the new prefix; balance of numbers remain unchanged.

  • Main DNR phone number will be 515-725-8200
  • Main fax will be 515-725-8201
  • Complete listing of new numbers is on DNR website at
  • DNR 24-hour spill hotline will remain (515-281-8694) thru June 30, 2015, changing to 725-8694 on July 1, 2015.
  • The Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline will remain 800-532-2020.

The Iowa Communication Network (ICN) is upgrading current 242/281 prefixes numbers with 725 numbers.  ICN plans to eventually switch all Des Moines state departments to 725 numbers.


Dec 9 & 10; IWILL Organizes Training Toward Funding Trust Fund in 2015 Legislative Session

Iowa's Water and Land Legacy (IWILL) is a diverse group of organizations, agencies, and individuals working together in coalition to fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. The Trust Fund will provide a much-needed, permanent, and constitutionally protected funding source for conserving and enhancing water quality and natural areas in this state, including agricultural soils, fish and wildlife habitat, parks, and trails. The coalition's past efforts secured the passage of a constitutional amendment, supported by 63% of Iowa's voters, to create the trust fund. 


In preparation for efforts to secure funding of the trust fund in the 2012 legislative session, IWILL has scheduled two training sessions for individuals interested in supporting the effort.  The sessions will help participants understand how they can help achieve funding of the trust fund, how to encourage legislator support, and how to become engaged with the coalition.  

Sessions will be held:


Tue, Dec 9, 6:30-7:30 pm at Metro Waste Authority, 300 E. Locust Suite 100. Des Moines, IA


Wed, Dec 10, 6:30-7:30 pm, Wickip Hill Learning Center, Classroom A, Toddville, IA (near Cedar Rapids)


Please RSVP by emailing 


For more info, contact Marian Riggs Gelb, Public Policy Director, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Des Moines, Phone: 515.288.1846, Ext. 26.  

Visit the INHF at


Dec 13; Due Date for IRR River Town Applications 

Decorah paddlers helped the city earn its
2014 IRR award.

Iowa Rivers Revival is accepting applications for the annual River Town of the Year award.  Each year IRR recognizes an Iowa town or city for outstanding efforts to reclaim river-fronts as anchors for economic development, recreation, and good ecological practices.  Cities are invited to apply for the award, or citizens may nominate their town. 

Applications are due by December 13, 2014.   Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to protecting and maintaining river water quality and promoting the river as an asset to the town. The award will be presented in early 2015 at a reception hosted by Iowa Rivers Revival in the River Town of the Year community.
For a detailed application, more information about the award or Iowa Rivers Revival, please go to 

Examples of award criteria include, but are not limited to these activities: 
* River tourism efforts;
* Historic and cultural preservation;
* Providing river access (programs, trails, portages, guide info);

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Catfish Creek, part of the Mines of Spain WT, helped Dubuque earn a 2013 IRR award.

* Annual or seasonal river clean-up or event;

* Partnerships to protect and enhance local river or stream;

* Dam mitigation and/or safety awareness;

* Promoting commerce that accommodates river enthusiasts (commercial establishments - - e.g., bed & breakfasts, bait/fish shops, restaurants, canoe boat/rentals).

Previous "River Town" award recipients are Webster City, Elkader, Coon Rapids, Cedar Falls, Charles City, Central City, Dubuque and Decorah.  The web site has previous winning cities' applications for the award, IRR news releases, and news coverage at 

Contact Rosalyn Lehman, Executive Director, Iowa Rivers Revival, 515-724-4093,  | 


Preparing for the 2015 Iowa Legislative Session

Iowa Capitol Building shines in the morning sun. Photo by G.Stark.


How to Contact Your Legislator

Information about identifying and contacting Iowa legislators has not yet been updated from the 85th General Assembly (2013-2014) to the 86th (2015-2016).

Watch for updates for the 86th General Assembly at 


Tentative Timetable for 2015 Session of the 86th Iowa General Assembly
This timetable for the 2015 Session of the 86th Iowa General Assembly is tentative, subject to any changes in legislative rules.


JAN 12; First day of session.

FEB 13; Final day for individual Senator and Representative requests for bill drafts to the Legislative Services Agency.

MAR 6; Final date for Senate bills to be reported out of Senate committees and House bills out of House committees.

MAR 16 - 20; Senate only considers Senate bills and unfinished business; House considers only House bills and unfinished business.

MAR 23 - APR 3; Debate not limited by rule.

APR 3; Final date for Senate bills to be reported out of House committees and House bills out of Senate committees.

APR 6 - 10; Senate considers only House bills and unfinished business; House considers only Senate bills and unfinished business.

APR 13; Amendments need not be filed on the day preceding floor debate.

APR 13; Only limited types of bills are eligible for consideration.

MAY 1; 110th calendar day of the session [Per diem expenses end].

Check for any session timetable updates at 


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 League of Women Voters Identifies Water Quality as a Key Issue for 2015 Legislative Session

The Iowa League of Women Voters identified 6 key issues which will be their legislative priorities for the 2015 session.  They include voter registration modernization, water quality, justice reforms, violence against women, health care, and mental health.


Specific Points Relating to Water Quality

  • Protect Iowa's water resources by providing additional funding for the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and ensure transparency in reporting.
  • Reinstate the vetoed funding for REAP (Resource Enhancement And Protection).
  • Expand Iowa's historic Bottle Bill legislation to include additional containers.

Background Relating to Water Quality

Many Iowa cities are facing high nitrate levels in their drinking water. Cities like Charles City have created whitewater trails, and many others are considering some type of canoe or kayak friendly waterways as a boost local economies.  Iowa's waterways (and our drinking water) are an important component of the state's economic development, attracting both tourists and businesses that want to offer workers a high quality of life. Iowa's nutrient reduction strategy continues to grow, and progress was made in adding more dollars to this important voluntary program, but the Governor's recent veto of additional REAP (Resource Enhancement And Protection) program took away valuable resources that would have improved water quality in the state.


Suggested Questions for Legislators Relating to Water Quality

  • What do you think is the next step in cleaning up Iowa's waterways?
  • Will you pledge to support at least $20 million for REAP?
  • How would you build upon Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy?

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues. Many LWV chapters have already scheduled local legislative forums and other events around the state. Learn more at 


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Jan 24; Paddle Day at Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids

Bill & Joyce Schoon on Cedar
Bill & Joyce Schoon will be among presenters
at Jan 24 ICNC Paddle Day.  G.Stark photo.

The annual ICNC Paddle Day offers something for every paddler, whether a beginner or seasoned veteran.  Connect with a paddling buddy, share experiences, learn about new gear, and discover new places to paddle. Doors open at noon for you to enjoy paddling exhibits and displays by various paddling organizations. 


Speakers begin at 12:30 PM and will include:

  • "Paddling Adventures in the Ozarks" by Marty Koch;
  • "Kickapoo River, A Gem in SW Wisconsin" by Lisa Nagle and Jan Aiels;
  • "Expanded View from the Cockpit," by Bill and Joyce Schoon;
  • "Discover Great Local Paddling Opportunities."  

Visit for details. 

Members $8; Nonmembers $12.


Would you like to display and promote your paddling programming at this event? 

Please contact Jan at  to reserve a free display table. 

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WT-Related Events to Kick Off 2015

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Paddlers visit the IWTA display during the 2014 NE Iowa PaddleFest in Cedar Falls.  G.Stark photo.

Whether you want to plan to avoid conflicts, plan to attend, or plan to participate as a presenter or exhibitor, here are the dates of some key early 2015 events of interest to WT organizers or users.  Most of these events are recruiting low- or no-cost presenters, and offer opportunities for exhibits, displays, or a table for literature about your WT, event, or paddling group.  These events also provide a valuable and enjoyable opportunity to develop or renew contacts across our community.


January 24; Paddle Day at Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids.  Will be the 8th annual gathering of paddlers and friends of the outdoors.  Send your speaker or topic recommendations to Education Facilitator Jan Aiels at     Also, let Jan know if your organization would like to have a water &/or paddling-related display.  

February 3; Iowa Rivers Revival Legislative Reception in Des Moines.  Opportunity to develop legislative relationships, in a casual setting, on behalf of the health of our 70,000 miles of Iowa rivers.  Contact Executive Director Roz Lehman at  Visit IRR at 

February 6-8; Paddle and Pedal Expo at CanoeSport America in Indianola.  Grand-Daddy of the Iowa paddler gatherings, considered an "Iowa Homecoming" for supporters of paddling and river stewardship. Forward program or presentation suggestions to owners Jeff and Casey Holmes: 

February 8-11; PRRSUM 6th Annual UMSRS in Dubuque. Deciphering all those letters, the Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest will host its 6th annual Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium in Dubuque.  With stream restoration showing signs of gaining traction in the Iowa legislature, this could be a unique and convenient opportunity to network with practitioners in our "neighborhood."  More info at 

March 13-15; Canoecopia in Madison, WI.  Not an Iowa event, but draws a lot of WT folks from our state, and our Iowa exhibitor presence is growing. 

March 21; NE Iowa Paddlefest in Cedar Falls.  Second year for this event, based on a successful first.  Forward ideas for topics or presenters to Black Hawk County Naturalist Chris Anderson:   


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February 8-11; PRRSUM 6th Annual Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium in Dubuque


The Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest will host its 6th annual Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium (UMSRS) on February 8-11, 2015 in Dubuque. With stream restoration gaining traction in the Iowa legislature, this will be a unique and convenient opportunity to network with practitioners in our "neighborhood." 


The UMSRS will bring together regional stream restoration practitioners to share experiences and expertise with colleagues working within similar environmental and land-use areas.  Attendees from multi-disciplinary backgrounds will hear about innovative restoration designs and approaches as well as have the opportunity to network with the region's leading stream restoration practitioners. The symposium will include both oral and poster presentations related to stream restoration, including design and related analyses, alternatives analysis, implementation, and monitoring, as well as the planning, regulation, and funding. 


Presentations and presenters for the single-track symposium are being finalized, and all event details will be available shortly at  


Learn more about PRRSUM at 


Great River Rumble 2015 Coming to Turkey River WT

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GRR will bring over 100 boats past Motor Mill
 in a single day this coming summer.
Photo by G. Stark.

Great River Rumble (GRR), the annual weeklong paddling event associated with the Mississippi River, has announced that its 2015 event will run July 25 thru August 1, beginning on the Turkey River in northeast Iowa.  Tentative plans call for the GRR to begin at Elkader, run down to the mouth of the Turkey, then continue on the Mississippi to Savanna, IL.


The 2014 GRR, covering 110 miles down the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers, drew approximately 185 paddlers, with up to 132 boats on the water at any point in time.  At least 51 Iowans participated, along with many folks from the Midwest, and some from as far away as Georgia and California.


The Great River Rumble is an annual weeklong paddling and camping event which began in 1995. Almost all of the trips have been totally or partially on the Mississippi River. Covering up to 150 miles in whatever wind and weather Mother Nature delivers, this is definitely a paddle, not a float.  It's a mix of colorful canoes and kayaks, and an even more colorful cast of characters!


GRR operates as a nonprofit organization, with no paid staff. Volunteers handle the planning, logistics, and support. Volunteer "Landing Chairpersons" coordinate access, camping, sanitation, and meals at each overnight stop. Participants pay a fee to cover the cost of campground rental, shuttle busses, and the trucks which transport the camping gear from one overnight stop to the next. Evening and morning meals are available for purchase, paddlers are responsible for their own lunches.  


Watch for more details about Great River Rumble 2015 at:  


View a lot more photos of Great River Rumble 2014 at: 


IDNR 2014 WT Education Programs Were Challenged by Weather, but Drew Over 800 Participants
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Dr. Jim Pease consults with a young naturalist during a WT float.

When the Polk CCB "OWLS" group hosts Dr. Jim Pease for a "River Critters & Wild Life" program on December 2, the 2014 season of Iowa DNR WT Education Programs will have drawn over 800 participants to 38 varied events and experiences across the state.  


(Incidentally, "OWLS" is an acronym for "Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors, a group which meets the first Tuesday of each month to get out of the house, make new friends, enjoy a good meal, and learn about the world of nature.  For more info, call Patti Petersen-Keys at 515.323.5300.)


Weather and river levels challenged the execution of many scheduled events, particularly those with an on-water component, and a couple succumbed to staff changes or low registrations.  Of the 38 events completed, 6 were rescheduled from an earlier date.  An additional 8 events were canceled, and could not be rescheduled.


In 2013, the first full year for the WT Education Program, organizers drew 650 participants to 24 events.


The DNR-funded events were supported and executed locally by a wide range of cosponsors, including 9 County Conservation Boards, 7 area planning agencies or RC&Ds, and at least one paddling group.  IWTA assisted with event tracking and publicity, and in many cases, with online registrations.


Following are the topics and key presenters for 2014. Plans for 2015 will be announced soon. To be added to the contact list for WT Education Programming for 2015, contact Todd Robertson, Outreach Coordinator for DNR River Programs, at 515-979-9538 or


Aquatic Insects; Jacklyn Gautsch, Biologist IDNR Watershed Monitoring & Assessment.

Discover the interesting adaptations & life cycle of aquatic invertebrates which dwell below the water surface.

Freshwater Mussels; Jennifer Kurth, Natural Resources Biologist in IDNR Watershed Improvement Section.

Meet these valuable components of freshwater biodiversity-Mother Nature's water filters.

Geologic History of Iowa River Valleys; Geologists from IDNR Geology & Groundwater Section.

Learn about the origin & evolution of Iowa's river valleys & the surrounding upland landscape.

River Critters & Wild Life; Wildlife and Interpretive Specialist Dr. Jim Pease.

Find & understand the wide variety of interconnected wildlife along Iowa's rivers, from birds & mammals to trees & shrubs.

Riparian Plant Program; IDNR Botanist John Pearson.

Learn to recognize the trees, shrubs, & wildflowers which inhabit our waterways, lakeshores, riverbanks & floodplains. 

Iowa's Archaeological Past, A History of Iowa Cultural History; OSA Staff Cherie Haury-Artz & Elizabeth Reetz.

Reflect on the importance of Iowa's water trails to various people and cultures through time.


Are You Prepared to Assist With an Ice Rescue?

Ice Rescue Gear
'Be Prepared!"  Photo by G.Stark

While Mother Nature has delivered freezing temps much earlier than normal, and many lakes and rivers have a covering of ice, be advised that most of that ice is still not ready to support anglers, hunters, snowmobilers or their equipment. The DNR recommends a minimum of four inches of ice for fishing and a minimum of five inches of ice for ATVs or snowmobiles.  That thickness should be verified with caution and plenty of test holes.


The DNR suggests that ice fishermen include ice picks, a PFD, and at least 50' of rope with their fishing gear.  Even without a lid, a 5 gallon bucket can be inverted to serve as a float until help arrives. A plastic jug with a lid and some nylon rope makes an inexpensive throw line to provide floatation and pull someone to shore; the rope can be stored inside the jug until needed.


From a recent DNR news release: "An angler alone, who falls through the ice, must try to get herself out. Two minutes in cold water is long enough to make hands too stiff to use. On average, a person can survive in cold water only twenty to thirty minutes before hypothermia overcomes him. Grasp the edge of the ice in the direction of shore or safe ice and, if it breaks, keep going until you find solid ice. Use your legs to get your torso out on the ice. Roll to safety."


Paddlers all have a PFD, and many have a throw bag.  Why not store those in your car trunk for the winter, next to your ice-scraper, shovel, sleeping bag, and jug of sand?  

You might get the chance to save someone's life.


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"Iowa Outdoors" Magazine Could Impact Your Holiday Gift List

Many of you already subscribe to the Iowa Outdoors magazine, but this is the time of year to keep it in mind as a holiday gift.  Articles on outdoor recreation, all forms of trails, flora, fauna, food, and places to explore around the state ensure that it will be enjoyed by just about anyone, and a great resource for kids and grandkids.  Whether that person on your list likes to hunt for a trophy buck, a record crappie, the elusive mushroom, or the perfect photo, the magazine provides ideas and examples to improve their success.


Iowa Outdoors magazine is entertaining, educational, and a great holiday gift!  


WhereIsItWhere Is It? Quiz ANSWER
Manchester WW In Process
Planned WW features becoming reality.

Manchester WW Plan 

The 800-foot-long white water course on the Maquoketa River in downtown Manchester is taking shape.  When completed, it will include 6, 18" in- stream drop features, improved fish habitat, bank restoration, terracing, and river access.  

With an opening planned for summer 2015, WW paddlers are really enthused about running the multiple features of the new course. 

In addition to the WW course, the overall project will include extensive river bank landscaping, serving as a new focal point for outdoor recreation participants and spectators, and a source of community pride.  


Put Manchester on your destination list for 2015!

Tentative timeline for the Manchester WW Park:

  • September 2014; Construction has started on features.
  • May 2015; Construction to be completed on features.
  • Summer 2015; Construction on river bank takes place.

More discussion, photos, and a live feed on the Manchester White Water Park can be found at 


Find more info on the Manchester White Water Park plan at{0690C4A4-0234-4DFE-AC31-04C360F75996}&DE={53618D7D-599C-486D-9B40-00755BD93618} 


Manchester WW Panorama
Panoramic view of the developing Manchester White Water Park; Marion Street bridge at upper right, water flows right to left.

Photos by Hannah Childs 

WhatIsItWhat Is It? Quiz ANSWER

As 2014 draws to a close, so does the observance of the 100th anniversary of the official extinction of the passenger pigeon.  On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.


Passenger pigeon numbers were estimated to have peaked at 3-5 billion in the 1860's.  John James Audubon was one of many writers who grappled with assessing their numbers and explaining how their migrations would darken the skies almost without interruption for days. 


Commercial hunting/trapping and habitat destruction were the main culprits in bringing that number to zero in the short span of 5 decades.  An entry on Wikipedia also points out: "As the flocks dwindled in size, populations decreased below the threshold necessary to propagate the species. Naturalist Paul R. Ehrlich wrote that its extinction "illustrates a very important principle of conservation biology: it is not always necessary to kill the last pair of a species to force it to extinction.""  Read more at  The section on "Relationship With Humans" is particularly interesting.


Iowa was at the western edge of the bird's migration path, and at the southern edge of its breeding range.  In the book "A Country So Full of Game," author James Dinsmore cites many references to the tremendous numbers of passenger pigeons shot or trapped in eastern Iowa, then sold locally or shipped to major cities like Chicago or New York by the barrel.


In March, Iowa State University hosted Stanley Temple, a senior fellow and science advisor with the Aldo 

Leopold Foundation, who spoke about the extinction of the passenger pigeon and how to prevent other species from meeting the same end. "We must eliminate overkill," Temple said.  All exploitation of wildlife must be

sustainable. Endangered species' protection must be strengthened, not weakened or eliminated ... and existing protection must be enforced." 


Read more about the lecture at


Read more about the yearlong Passenger Pigeon 100 Year Observance that was coordinated by Project Passenger Pigeon at .  For more localized info, check out the section on Iowa at 


It's unconfirmed, but it is possible that mounted passenger pigeons may be on display at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, DMACC Science Building in Des Moines, Mines of Spain Recreation Center in Dubuque, and the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City.  Please let us know if you can confirm those exhibits or are aware of others in Iowa.


Stanley Temple noted that 16,938 of the 44,838 known species in the world are currently endangered. "We hope that a new generation will remember the passenger pigeon and be more careful in the future," Temple said.


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Next Month; This Space Could Be Yours! 

Belted Kingfisher Nick Chill

This could be an article about:

  • Your upcoming WT recreation, education, or cleanup event.
  • Your upcoming WT organizing or stakeholder event. 
  • The valuable contributions of your WT volunteers.
  • The oldest or youngest users of your WT.
  • Your most unique WT programming of 2014.
  • Your most successful WT program ideas.
  • What you learned from a less-than-successful WT event.
  • What you believe to be the most valuable contributions of WTs to Iowa.
  • Your request for assistance on how to address a WT challenge, create a WT opportunity,                or solve a WT problem.

Whatever you are proud of, concerned for, or wondering about, your WT community is here to provide support. Just tap in to your resources.


Contact us at 


We Hope That You Are Enjoying the IWTA Newsletter
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Our special thanks to:
  • Hannah Childs for her photos of the Manchester White Water Park, along with her ongoing enthusiasm for WW paddling.
  • All of the WT event organizers and presenters for providing numerous opportunities for Iowa WT education and enjoyment throughout 2014, and for their assistance in providing timely information for our IWTA Newsletter.
  • John, Todd, and Nate for their support of Water Trails and the IWTA Newsletter through the Iowa DNR River Programs.
  • Everyone who provided WT event information and photo support for this issue of the IWTA Newsletter.
Beavers do not hibernate, preferring to stay busy throughout the winter.  The same is true of our WT organizers and coordinators.  It takes a lot of planning to maintain and improve WT accesses, expand available amenities, and develop interesting and informative programming.  Please consider your local WT folks and County Conservation Boards in your year-end contributions of funding, volunteer time, and other resources.

The mission of the IWTA is to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and encouragement among Iowans working to create, enhance, or utilize our water trails. That is only possible with your support and participation. 


We hope that you will continue to share your events, reports, ideas, quiz topics, and suggestions with us at  Thank you for your continuing support and encouragement.


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Gregg Stark
Editor, Iowa Water Trails Association Newsletter