AUGUST, Celebrating 1300 IWTA Newsletter Subscribers!

We are very pleased and proud to announce that our IWTA Newsletter subscriber list recently topped 1300 email addresses!  If you are not part of the “informed 1300,” you can subscribe to this free, email monthly newsletter by clicking on https://tinyurl.com/IWTASubscribe

Zero to 1300 in 4 years: Our first IWTA Newsletter issue was July of 2012. Here we are, 4 years and 48 Newsletters later, with 1300 subscribers. Sustaining and growing the IWTA Newsletter was made possible by your support, input, ideas, and encouragement. Sharing your event info, and encouraging friends to subscribe will helps us continue this growth.

August is a busy part of the summer. Check out the items and events in the newsletter and on the Events Calendar of this website, and get out there before the kids head back to school. We must add a word of caution that water levels on some WTs are unseasonably high. Check river levels before you head out.

IOWA HERITAGE MATTERS!

Iowa’s Water Trails and Iowa’s Heritage are inextricably linked, from the fossil record, through prehistory, Native American history, pioneer history, and into the modern era. Iowa waterways have provided humans with food, water, transportation, and power over hundreds of years. They have determined the location of villages, mills, bridges, and cities. They have facilitated the development of trade routes, industries, and economies.

Recent programs, sponsored by County Conservation Boards or other organizations, and facilitated by the Office of the State Archaeologist, have tapped into Iowans’ deep interest in their heritage. From fossil & arrow head collectors to historians to pioneer genealogists, we want to know more about the life and lives of earlier residents of the land now called Iowa.

Funding for Iowa heritage programming has just suffered a blow, and you can help. To learn more about the immediate impacts of the funding cut, actions you can initiate, and the short and long term initiatives being undertaken, visit  http://www.iowaarchaeology.org/heritagematters

You can also show your support by purchasing and displaying  a “Heritage Matters” sticker:  https://www.stickermule.com/user/1070746229/stickers

JULY, Start of Second Half of the Year and Second Half of the Paddling Season.

Happy Birthday, IWTA!

Our first IWTA Newsletter issue was July of 2012. Here we are, 4 years and 48 Newsletters later (plus all the MidMo Reminders and a few special issues). And, most importantly, we have grown to 1,270 subscribers!

Pat yourselves on the back, because sustaining and growing the IWTA Newsletter would not be possible without your support, input, ideas, and encouraging friends to subscribe. Our sincere thanks to all of our valued subscribers!

We have reached the middle of the year, and essentially the middle of the WT paddling season. Are you getting enough “WT time?” Avoid those winter regrets–call some friends, grab a boat and get out there!

JUNE, with a Full Calendar of WT Opportunities!

We hope you enjoy the June issue of the IWTA Newsletter, as well as our IWTA Website Events Calendar, filled to the gunwales with cleanups, races, floats, conferences, training, tours, and other useful, WT-related info. We also hope to see a good showing of WT supporters at the June 17 Iowa Trails Summit in Cedar Falls.

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MAY, With Iowa Water Trails Enjoying Great Weather

The new, green boat registration decals are now required–the old ones expired April 30. If you haven’t already “gone green” we encourage you to apply those new decals, good through April 30, 2019.

The IWTA Website Events Calendar now includes over 140 entries for 2016–on-water & off-water events, extended trips, activities, meetings, conferences, holidays, observances, full moon & meteor shower dates, holidays, & observances. We look forward to adding more.

Hazard and hypothermia awareness, proper training, a PFD, necessary gear, a paddle plan, and the buddy system are important for paddling at any time of the year. At this time of year we also need to be aware of turkey hunters. The Iowa DNR encourages outdoor users, including mushroom hunters, paddlers, anglers, hikers, and others heading into the woods during spring turkey season to “avoid wearing patriotic colors – red, white and blue – as these colors are shared by gobblers. Instead, wear blaze orange to be recognizable to hunters.”

Keep your IWTA Newsletter relevant–keep your info coming. Contact us at iowawta@gmail.com

APRIL, and 2016 WT Events are Blooming!

Over 140 entries for 2016–on-water & off-water events, extended trips, activities, meetings, conferences, holidays, observances, full moon & meteor shower dates, holidays, observances–are now available in the Events Calendar on this IWTA Website. Whether you’re trying to find something to do or trying to avoid conflicts as you make your own event plans, we hope you find the IWTA Events Calendar to be a useful tool.  Just click on “Events” above.

We know that many additional floats, training sessions, cleanups, etc. are still “firming-up” dates and plans, so we look forward to receiving and posting your event info as soon as possible. Contact us at  iowawta@gmail.com

Quick Checklist for April:
Remember–Chickadee Checkoff (Fish & Wildlife Fund).
Remember–Iowa boat registration renewals are due Apr 30.
Remember–spring temperatures present the risk of hypothermia. Proper training, a PFD, necessary gear, a paddle plan, and the buddy system are important for paddling at any time of the year. We encourage you to get out there, but be careful.

We were very pleased by the number of folks at the recent IEC “Lobby Day at the Capitol” who enjoy the IWTA Newsletter. Those comments help keep us motivated, but your flow of information makes the IWTA Newsletter and this website relevant, so please keep it coming.

MARCH, & Spring Brings More Events & Activities

The March IWTA Newsletter includes numerous events and announcements relating to Water Trails, watersheds, and the folks who care about our Iowa waterways. Whether you want to learn about, advocate for, or paddle through our waterways, we hope you find some items of interest as we transition from winter to spring. The next paddler shows will be Canoecopia March 11-13 in Madison, WI, followed by the renamed April 2 Outdoor Adventure Fest in Waterloo. Consult the website Events Calendar for these and other opportunities. Access Current and Recent IWTA Newsletters: https://tinyurl.com/IWTA-News-Archive

Astronomical spring begins on March 19, and while we may start experiencing warmer air temperatures, water temperatures will continue to present the risk of hypothermia. Proper training, a PFD, necessary gear, a float plan, and the buddy system are especially important for winter paddling. Be careful out there.

FEBRUARY, and the “Show Season” continues.

The “Show Season” continues, with more indoor events of interest to Water Trails supporters, paddlers, and other outdoorsy folks. Next up is the Feb 5-7 Paddle & Pedal Expo in Indianola, then a new Feb 7 Winter Water Fun Fest in Camanche, followed by the renamed Apr 2 Outdoor Adventure Fest in Waterloo /Cedar Falls. We encourage you to support these events and their organizers, learn about trips/gear/skills, and spend time with folks who share your interests.

The February IWTA Newsletter includes two feature articles–one about an innovative program working with Boy Scout and Girl Scout volunteers, and another about the green decals due on many boats by April 30. We hope that you find these articles to be helpful. Access Current and Recent IWTA Newsletters: https://tinyurl.com/IWTA-News-Archive

It is time to renew memberships in the paddling, photography, and environmental or advocacy groups which rely on our support. And remember the “Chickadee Checkoff”—the “Fish and Wildlife Fund” line–on your Iowa State Income Tax form.

Put simply, it’s winter in Iowa , and hypothermia is a very real risk. Proper training, necessary gear, a paddle plan, and the buddy system are especially important for winter paddling. Be careful out there.

JANUARY, the start of “Show Season”–indoor events of interest to Water Trails supporters, paddlers, and other outdoorsy folks.

Happy New Year! to our 1200+ readers, and best wishes for an enjoyable and safe 2016. Your info and support makes the IWTA Newsletter relevant, so please make a resolution to keep it coming.

It’s January, the start of “Show Season”–indoor events of interest to Water Trails supporters, paddlers, and other outdoorsy folks. The usual Iowa events kick off with the Jan 16 ICNC Paddle Day in Cedar Rapids, followed by the Feb 5-7 Paddle & Pedal Expo in Indianola, a new Feb 7 Winter Water Fun Fest in Camanche, and the renamed Apr 2 Outdoor Adventure Fest in Waterloo/Cedar Falls. We encourage you to support these events and their organizers, learn about trips/gear/skills, and spend time with folks who share your interests.

We’d also like to remind you that January is the traditional time to renew your memberships in the paddling, photography, and environmental or advocacy groups which rely on our support.

Mother Nature has shared some unusually warm weather through the latter part of 2015, but we seem to be returning to “normal winter Iowa.” In either case, hypothermia is still a very real risk, and ice conditions remain “iffy” across the state. The prerequisites of proper training, necessary gear, a paddle plan, and the buddy system are especially important for winter paddling. Cold weather, cold water paddling is a unique challenge and experience, but the risks must be managed. Be careful out there.

If you have just discovered our website, we encourage you to share in the fun and learning of Water Trail events, ideas, experiences, & more, by subscribing to the free, monthly email IWTA Newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/IWTASubscribe

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We continue to welcome info and dates for 2016 events. Please contact us with your ideas, questions, concerns, or corrections: iowawta@gmail.com