SEPTEMBER, With Some Unusually High Water Levels.

View the September IWTA Newsletter.

Record flooding in August? Very unusual, but true, at least for our friends in NE Iowa. Our Iowa weather has always been a bit fickle, and may be becoming even more so. Just another reason to be aware of weather and water levels before you head out to enjoy our WTs.

The September issue of the IWTA Newsletter is full of events and activities through September and early October–tours, floats, chicken dinner, geode floats, a pelican festival, canoe school, disabled Vets paddle, happy hour (& volunteer recruitment), grand opening, several river cleanups, birding, blue grass, & the underground railroad. How could you not find something on that list to pique your interest?

We’re heading into Mother Nature’s celebrated “Fall Colors Season.” Jones County has scheduled their annual Fall Colors Float on Oct 1, but we know there must be several more to publicize. Please forward your Fall Colors event info to iowawta@gmail.com

Please check out the items in this month’s “What Readers are Following & Recommending” section. Our congratulations to Larry Stone and Orlan Love, both individuals very deserving of the recognition. A couple of items regarding activities and funding related to clean water and the Water and Land Legacy remind us that now is the time to share your concerns and ideas with your legislators. Most proposals or initiatives will be developed well before the legislative session begins on Jan 9, 2017.   It’s best to speak up now!

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.

Access Current and Recent IWTA Newsletters: https://tinyurl.com/IWTA-News-Archive

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.