It is Weekend Update time!
- We are working hard to secure funding for Low-Head Dam Safety Mitigation and Water Trails from all angles and have heard from the committee that they “are working towards funding for the Low Head Dam Mitigation concern.”
- Economic Development and shovel-ready projects are driving the urgency of this funding.
- Supporters have been referencing specific projects:
- The Littleton Dam on the Wapsipinincon River- mitigation there will reduce risks of drowning, improve fisheries and habitat for fresh water mussels
- Several of these projects require match funds from the state as well as public/private partnerships
- Director Gipp of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been meeting with committee chairs and leadership to discuss ALL the benefits of this funding as well as the Rivers Program within the DNR
Let’s talk about new businesses that have been started as a direct result from mitigating our dams and enhancing our state-wide water trail system- liveries (boat and tube rentals)!
- There are officially 86 outfitters statewide – two more that are so new, we haven’t spoken to them yet- some of which are doing six-figure business annually!
- The number of outfitters has DOUBLED in this state since 2010
- These outfitters are located throughout the state creating jobs and bosting local economies
- 3 of these outfitters are located on the Wapsi and in the area that Senator Craig Johnson (Senate Committee Chair) represents
Give your legislator a call today and talk about the impact your local livery has had on your community!
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!
Senate switch board: 515-281-3371
House switch board: 515-281-3321
Mark your Calendar:
- 100th calendar day of the session; legislators’ per diem expires- April 17th
Tips- check out the following websites that can be very helpful during the legislative session: