On the Radio: Manchester rapids combine sustainability and fun

Manchester White Water Park (photo:Facebook)
Manchester White Water Park (photo:Facebook)
August 3, 2015

This week’s On the Radio segment looks at the success of the Manchester White Water park as both an achievement in both recreation and sustainability. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

Transcript: Manchester White Water

An Iowa town has found a way to combine both sustainability and fun.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

That’s the sound of white water rapids right here in Iowa. Manchester is now home to the state’s largest white-water course, which runs through downtown along the Maquoketa River. The 800-foot white water course with six moderate drops has attracted hundreds of kayakers and tubers from around the country since its official opening in mid June.

Rock arch rapids like Manchester’s simulate natural rapids using re-engineered or modified low-head dams, many of which were previously not passable for aquatic life. This removes barriers to fish migration and may help improve aquatic biodiversity.

Manchester’s white-water rapids may prove to be a model for future projects that wish to combine environmental sustainability with economic development.

For more information about Iowa dam projects, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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