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Iowa Water Trails Association 
January, 2015  
In the Eddy: Planning Items Not In the Articles
Jan 24 Indian Creek Nature Center Paddle Day in Cedar Rapids
Jan 26 IWILL Day at Iowa Capitol-You're Invited!
Feb 3 IRR Legislative Reception-You're Invited!
Feb 6-8 Paddle & Pedal Expo Indianola Schedule Posted (Plus Breakfast & IWC Meeting)
Feb 8-11 Stream Restoration Symposium at Dubuque
Paddlefish Licenses On Sale Thru Jan 31
"Find Your Legislator" Contact Info Now Updated for 2015
Find your Iowa LWV Local Legislative Forums
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Iowa Rivers Revival, Protector of Rivers, Streams & Watersheds

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Jan-Feb weather reduces open water & forces eagles close together, ideal for Eagle Watch Events around the state.

January in Iowa is not a popular time for paddling or most other WT activities, but it is a great time for dreaming, planning, scheduling, & visiting with other WT supporters at paddlng shows.


=  Please review the ROUGH DRAFT IWTA 2015 Planning Calendar  Still time to forward your event corrections & additions before we publish a revised official version Feb 1.


=  Check out the updated "Water Trails" and "Links" pages on the IWTA website  

These are "works in progress," and your input would greatly increase their accuracy & usefulness to others.


Forward your corrections & additions to calendar events, links, or WT descriptions to and we'll update all the above for next month.


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


In the Eddy:  Quick Summary of Planning Items

Winter Sunset G.Stark


(Dates & Events Not in Newsletter Articles.)

Jan; IRR River Town of the Year to be announced this month.

Jan; 2015 Raccoon River Phenology Calendar now available for purchase 

Jan; Check for Eagle Watch events along our larger rivers.

Jan 12; State record low temperature of -47 WAS set in Washta in 1912, & tied at Elkader in 1996.  Let's hope it stands for a long, long time.

Jan; Last week of Jan, start searching for shed deer antlers.

Feb 1; NFL Super Bowl 49, Arizona.

Feb 2; Groundhog Day.

Feb 3; Full Moon.

Feb 14; Valentine's Day.


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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.

Updated info re presentation descriptions and exhibitors:


The annual ICNC Paddle Day offers something for every paddler, from a beginner to a 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 exhibits and displays by various paddling organizations. Presentations begin at 12:30 pm and will include:


"Paddling Adventures in the Ozarks" by Marty Koch.  The Ozarks is a vast area of low mountains, deep valleys, and amazing paddling in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas.  Learn about the 10,000 miles of streams that offer everything from gentle waters to raging whitewater.


"Kickapoo River, A Gem in SW Wisconsin" by Lisa Nagle and Jan Aiels.  It's just a 3 hour drive to another world! Dip your paddle into cool, clean, clear water that meanders through spectacular scenery in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.  Learn about equipment rental, shuttle service and camping in the Kickapoo Reserve.


"Expanded View from the Cockpit," by Bill and Joyce Schoon. Enjoy beautiful photography from paddling adventures across the US, including the Schoon's most recent trip to Baja, Mexico.  Sit back, enjoy, and prepare to add some of these destinations to your paddling bucket list.


"Great Local Paddling," by Todd Robertson. You only have one day, so where can you rent a canoe or kayak? Can you get a shuttle? How do you know where the best paddling opportunities are located?  Let's talk about paddling destinations and outfitters in Eastern Iowa.


Exhibitors will include IDNR River Programs Outreach, Seatasea Watersports, Iowa Valley RC&D, Sticks In the Water Paddlers, Cedar Valley Paddlers, Charles City Whitewater Park, Great River Rumble, Jones County Conservation, Project AWARE, Friends of Cedar Lake, Goods for the Woods (Hand-crafted Paddles from Native Iowa Wood), Indian Creek Nature Center Amazing Space, & Iowa Water Trails Association.


ICNC Members $8; Nonmembers $12. For details & directions, visit    


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Jan 26; IWILL Day at the Capitol--You're Invited

Supporters will gather at the Iowa capitol on the afternoon of Monday, Jan 26 to demonstrate public interest in natural resources and outdoor recreation, and encourage lawmakers to actually fund the empty trust fund.


In November 2010, Iowans voted 63%-37% to pass the Iowa's Water and Land Legacy amendment. Passage of the amendment established the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, creating a permanent and constitutionally protected funding source for protecting water quality, conserving agricultural soils, and enhancing natural areas, including parks, trails, and fish and wildlife habitat


The next step is to fully fund the Trust to generate the $150 million a year needed to adequately protect the state's natural resources, which can be generated through the dedication of the first 3/8ths of one percent from the next state sales tax increase.


To learn more about 2015 funding efforts and sign on as a supporter: 

More info at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation 

Contact Marian Riggs Gelb, Public Policy Director, INHF, at 515.288.1846, Ext. 26.  


Feb 3; IRR Legislative Reception in Des Moines; You Are Invited!

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IWTA subscribers are invited to the IRR Legislative Reception, 5-7 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Des Moines.  The reception is a casual opportunity to develop legislative relationships on behalf of the health of our 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.  


The event will be held at the Noodle Zoo Café at E 6th & Locust in Des Moines, is open to the public, & light appetizers & beverages will be provided.  Contact Rosalyn Lehman, Executive Director, Iowa Rivers Revival, 515-724-4093    Info at   


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Feb 6-8; Paddle & Pedal Expo in Indianola.

Feb 7; Nick's Pre-Expo Buffet Breakfast in Altoona.

Feb 7; IWC Annual Meeting in Indianola.

The Hoogeveen "Guys" discuss the importance of
good food on family paddling adventures
 during a recent Paddle & Pedal Expo.
G.Stark photo.

Presentation/presenter schedule has been posted on CSO website.

IWC Annual Meeting added to schedule at Paddle & Pedal Expo.


February fun is where you find it, and the annual Paddle & Pedal Expo will be a good place to look.  

And what could start your Saturday Expo visit better than a big buffet breakfast with friends?


Mark your calendars, and plan to join your friends for fun, food, and a chance to learn more about paddling destinations and equipment. 

CSO has posted the 2015 schedule of 60+ presentations and pool sessions on its website


February 6-8; Iowa Paddle and Pedal Expo at CanoeSport Outfitters in Indianola.

Grand-Daddy of the Iowa paddler gatherings, with free presentations on trips, outdoor skills, equipment & safety, plus opportunity to see new boats & gear, and visit with factory reps.  This event is considered an "Iowa Homecoming" for supporters of paddling and river stewardship in our state. More info at 

Feb 7; Nick's Pre-Expo Buffet Breakfast at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, 7:00 am, annual gathering of old and new paddling friends on the way to the Iowa Paddle & Pedal Expo. Email 


Feb 7; Iowa Whitewater Coalition Annual Meeting at Paddle Expo in Indianola, 5:00 pm. Election of officers, discussion of issues, IWC plans for coming year.  Meeting open to visitors, but only IWC dues-paying members may vote. 

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 


Paddlefish Fishing Returns to Missouri & Big Sioux Rivers in 2015.

Limited Licenses Now On Sale Thru Jan 31. 

Paddlefish by Iowa DNR
Photo by Iowa DNR

From Iowa DNR Fisheries:


Paddlefish fishing will return to the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers for the first time since 1986, when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources opens the season on March 1 to April 15. To participate, anglers will need a special Missouri and Big Sioux River paddlefish license - limited to 950 resident and 50 nonresident - that are only on sale from Dec. 15 to Jan. 31. A resident license sells for $22 and nonresident for $42. Anglers must also have a valid Iowa fishing license.


The state record 107 pound paddlefish was caught in the Missouri River in Monona County in 1981. Paddlefish is an ancient species. It doesn't have any bones and eats by straining zooplankton from the water. It reaches maturity at 6 or 7 years of age and can live for 30 years or more. 


To learn more about the paddlefish, its habits, slot limits, and some angling tips, visit 


Media Contact: Van Sterner, Fisheries Management Biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 712-249-1997.


Legislator Contact Info Updated for 86th (2015-16) Session

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

How to Contact Your Legislator NOW AVAILABLE!

New Iowa legislators were sworn in on Feb 12, and updated contact info for all legislators has been posted at 

Options include looking up individual legislators for your address, or viewing a full list of senators or representatives, which you can sort by last name or district before printing.


Key Dates & Special Days for 2015 Session of the 86th Iowa General Assembly
Jan 12; First day of Iowa legislative session.

Jan 26; IWILL Day at Iowa Capitol.

Feb 3; IRR Legislative Reception, 5-7 pm, Noodle Zoo Cafe.

Feb 17; REAP Day/IEC Environmental Lobby Day at Capitol.

Mar 4; Trees Forever Tree Day at Iowa Capitol.

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

Check for any session timetable updates at 


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Jan; Attend LWV Local Legislative Forums

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. To identify a chapter in your area, and learn when & where to attend a scheduled local forum, visit  


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.


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