Maquoketa River revamp beneficial to all

Photo by Prarie Robin; Flickr
Maquoketa River. Photo by Prarie Robin; Flickr

The proposed removal of the Quaker Mill dam near Manchester and the repair of a breached levee should be highly favorable to all parties involved, according to backers of the project. They predict that it will benefit the environment, recreational users, local government, and even the dam’s owners.

Flooding in 2008 and 2010 breached a levee above the dam, altering the course of the river and leaving the area unsuitable for aquatic wildlife. The proposed changes would return the river to its original course and allow it to flow freely. This would establish better conditions for the river’s aquatic residents, create a more attractive site for recreational users, and save the city money on maintenance costs.

The project is supported by the owners of the dam, Delaware County, the Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

To learn more about the proposed River revamp, click here.

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