Reclaiming the Iowa River – 5/2/13


Continuing the Conversation – Dams on the Iowa River

Join the Iowa River Friends and American Rivers on Thursday, May 2nd for two discussions about how communities can open up access to the Iowa River by removing or modifying dams. The discussions will be led by Sara Strassman, Associate Director of River Restoration Programs at American Rivers.

The first event will be held from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center in Iowa City, Meeting Room A. The event is targeted to local decision makers and will include an overview on dams and rivers, why dams are removed or modified, and other details relating to the dam removal and modification process. A case study of a dam removal project in Rockford, IA will be presented.  Local government and elected officials, consulting firms, engineers, and interested members of the public are invited to attend.

“Dam Removal Project Management: From Initial Reconnaissance to Construction”

  • 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
  •  Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, Meeting Room A (220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City)
  • Information: Municipal Session Flyer

The second event will be held from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City. The event will be an informal Brown Bag lunch on ‘Reclaiming the Iowa River.’ Paddlers, anglers, birders, hunters, public health and safety advocates, conservation managers, and any other Iowa River supporters are welcome to bring a lunch and beverage and join the conversation.

“Reclaiming the Iowa River”

  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall (320 E. College Street, Iowa City)
  • Information: Brown Bag Flyer
  • This event is a Brown Bag Lunch Discussion; participants are invited to bring a lunch.

These events are a follow up to the City of Iowa City’s public input meeting about the Burlington Street Dam Modification project, scheduled to take place on Monday, April 29 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center (

Low-head dam in Coralville, IA. Photo from Iowa Whitewater Coalition.


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