On the Radio: Maquoketa River Revamp


Maquoketa River/ Photo by tiswango/ Flickr

This week’s On the Radio segment covers a recent river project over in Delaware County. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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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. Continue reading

Debate rages in Iowa over proposed rebuilding of Lake Delhi dam

The Maquoketa River. Photo by djblock99, Flickr

A debate is raging in Eastern Iowa over whether or not the Lake Delhi dam should be reconstructed. This dam was located on the Maquoketa River before heavy rain caused it to fail in 2010. As a result, many homes and other buildings were damaged, and the lake created by the dam was emptied.

Those opposed to rebuilding the dam cite the cost of the project – nearly $12 million – and how it would disrupt the natural flow of the Maquoketa River.

Environmental groups contend that a natural flowing river will lower the disturbances to fish migration, and water recreational groups argue that the natural flow will lead to better paddling, bird-watching and fishing.

Many of the residents that live along the former location of the lake want the dam back largely because their property value is much lower without the lake.

Read the Des Moines Register’s full article on this issue here.