March has transition weather, but the IWTA Newsletter is full of things to do!

March–a transition month, when Iowa experiences bits of winter and spring, and everything in between. The Vernal Equinox, the astronomical First Day of Spring, occurs on Mar 20. We get a March bonus this year–two full moons, Mar 1 and Mar 31.

Kudos to the Indian Creek Nature Center “Paddle Day 2018” organizers and the fantastic presenters. With 86 paid attendees and plenty of positive feedback, we’ll look forward to doing it again in 2019. FYI, they might have a couple more signed copies of Nate’s “Paddling Iowa” book (319-362-0664).

This issue is full of indoor and outdoor events, including indoor and outdoor paddling. We also included several items to pique your interest (salamanders in politics, eagle eggs, early Iowa photography) and help you prepare for Iowa adventures (Travel Iowa Guide & Map). We’re particularly pleased to see the return of the Iowa Trails Summit, set for Oct 12 (please complete the quick online survey & mark the date). And congratulations to Elgin, which was selected as the 2018 IRR River Town of the Year!

The IWTA Website 2018 Events Calendar now includes over 180 items, and has some new features. Click on any Full Moon date and you will see a complete schedule of full moon dates for the year. Ditto for Meteor Showers.

SPECIAL THANKS to those groups who have added a link to our IWTA Website on their own website or in their newsletter. We appreciate the benefits of networking!

Check Out the Feb Mid-Month Reminders Issue

The second half of February continues with a full calendar of events & activities. We hope to visit with some of you at the IWTA display during the Feb 24 ICNC Paddle Day in Cedar Rapids. Find plenty of things to help you fend off “cabin fever” in the Newsletter and the Events Calendar. We hope you are enjoying the indoor events, making contacts and making plans for spring on our Iowa Water Trails.

Kudos to the folks stepping forward to organize & support the return of the Iowa Trails Summit. Please read our item, save the Oct 12 date, and complete their brief interest survey.

The IWTA Website 2018 Events Calendar now includes over 180 items to plan for, plan around, or use as inspiration for your own events. For more event and activity ideas, we suggest that you check out back issues of the IWTA Newsletter, found in the Newsletter Archives section of the IWTA Website.

SPECIAL THANKS to those groups who have added a link to our IWTA Website on their own website or in their newsletter. We appreciate the benefits of networking!

February Newsletter Unusually Full of Information & Events

We don’t remember a previous February Newsletter with this many events & activities, or this much information. We’ll take that as a good sign for our community of Water Trail users. We hope you enjoy the info, and participate in some of the events.

We enjoyed two full moons in Jan, and look forward to two full moons in March, but we will see none in Feb. How often do you think that happens?

IWTA will have a display at the CSO Iowa Paddlesports Expo on Feb 10, and will definitely be joining Nick & Maureen for breakfast at Crouse Cafe. We will also have a display at the Feb 24 ICNC Paddle Day. We hope to visit with many of you at these or other events as the year unfolds. And we always welcome your email input and feedback.

The IWTA Website 2018 Events Calendar now includes over 170 items, and has some new features. Click on any Full Moon date and you will see a complete schedule of full moon dates for the year. Ditto for Meteor Showers.

Cold Iowa Winter Drives Reflection & Planning

Iowa winter, and the unusually cold temperatures encourage us to reflect on past paddling adventures. . . and plan for future ones. Whether you are reading, googling, or preparing to attend a paddling show, we wish you pleasant dreams. We also hope to visit with you at the Feb 9-11 CSO Paddlesport Expo in Indianola, or at the Feb 24 ICNC Paddle Day in Cedar Rapids.

We encourage you to visit the IWTA Website 2018 Events Calendar to review over 100 indoor & outdoor events, holidays, observances, astronomical occurrences, etc.–a great resource of things to plan for, or plan around, as you develop your WT programming for 2018. Your additions and corrections are always welcome.

The Mid Mo January Newsletter issue includes the 2018 Full Moon Schedule AND the 2018 Meteor Shower Schedule. Both can be useful for planning astronomy events, evening outings, floats or camping trips.  Also in the Newsletter:

  • The Iowa Legislature is now in session, so check our item for dates, link to ID your legislator & contact info, signups for email updates.
  • We hope you enjoy the 115 history, highlights, and trivia items in the updated “Iowa Paddling Chronology.” Thanks to all who made contributions and corrections.
  • The recent really cold weather has grown some serious ice on many Iowa lakes, but please read our item on “Ice Safety Reminders” from the Iowa DNR.

 

Welcome to 2018! And a Very Cold Beginning to the New Year.

So many events, so much to do, we hardly know where to start. Paddling or angling skills development, perhaps?

Progress report–IWTA is currently at 1450 suscribers, an excellent start toward reaching 1500 sometime in 2018.

The Jan 1 IWTA Newsletter issue includes the 2018 Full Moon Schedule–great opportunities for scheduling floats and hikes, astronomy and history events. Not a likely paddling opportunity, but note the two full moons in January.

The Iowa Legislature convenes on Jan 8, so check our Newsletter item for dates, link to ID your legislator & contact info, signups for email updates.

Nominations are now closed, but watch for the Iowa Rivers Revival “River Town of the Year” award announcement, coming soon.

We hope you enjoy the history, highlights, and trivia in the updated “Iowa Paddling Chronology 2017.” Special thanks to all who made contributions and corrections.

The last few days of really cold weather have grown some serious ice on many Iowa lakes, but please read our Newsletter item on”Ice Safety Reminders” from the Iowa DNR.

Please keep those 2018 WT-related events and dates coming. We’re building the annual planning calendar, including events in this Newsletter, and will have them posted to the IWTA Website within the next couple of weeks.

If you are looking for 2018 event ideas, we suggest that you check out the IWTA Calendar and back issues of the IWTA Newsletter, both found on the IWTA Website.

End of 2017, About to Begin 2018

Another calendar year is coming to a close. We hope it was enjoyable and successful for you, your friends and family, and of course your favorite Iowa Water Trails.

The December IWTA Newsletter is traditionally light on WT-related events, but check out the Kayak Pool Sessions, River Town Nominations, and upcoming paddler events in early 2018.

Iowa Water Trails and their friends, dam mitigation and water quality & quantity, did not fare well in the 2017 legislative session, and face even greater challenges in 2018. Check out the comments from IRR Executive Director Molly Hanson, also in the December IWTA Newsletter.

For 7 years, annual Iowa Trails Summits provided valuable presentations, partnerships, & networking re strategies, policies, & opportunities for all types of trails–water, hiking, biking, equestrian, snowmobile, off road, etc. Organizers skipped 2017 with the intent of returning “bigger & better” in 2018. Be sure to read Peter Komendowski’s explanation why the event’s return now may “need a miracle.”

QUICK REMINDERS:
Fly your flag on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Dec 7
(Fly the flag at half-staff, sunrise to sunset.)
Submit IRR “Iowa River Town of the Year” nominations by Dec 15.

There will be a lot of emphasis on the “holiday season” during the last few weeks of 2017, but this is also a good time to anticipate and plan for the challenges and opportunities welcoming us in 2018. It’s a good time to learn more about Iowa water quality and quantity issues, connect with groups like IEC, IRR, & watershed coalitions, join a “friends of the river” group, volunteer to assist your local county conservation organization, or contact your representative or senator. Now is the time to get involved.

If you are looking for 2018 event ideas, we suggest that you check out the IWTA Calendar and back issues of the IWTA Newsletter, both found on the IWTA Website.

November: Time to Hit the “Pause” Button?

“When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops. But when you press the pause button on human beings they start,” argues my friend and teacher Dov Seidman, CEO of LRN, which advises global businesses on ethics and leadership. “You start to reflect, you start to rethink your assumptions, you start to reimagine what is possible and, most importantly, you start to reconnect with.” 

—Thomas L. Friedman, “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations”

It’s kind of interesting to apply that logic to a human “pause” to visit an Iowa Water Trail, contemplate the change of seasons, keep your eyes focused on the scenery, your fingers unmoving on a paddle, your mind following the natural flow of the river.

QUICK REMINDERS:
Set your clocks back & replace smoke alrm batteries Nov 5.
Fly your flag on Veterans Day Nov 11.

There will be a lot of emphasis on the “holiday season” during the last two months of 2017, but this is also a good time to anticipate and plan for the challenges and opportunities welcoming us in 2018. It’s a good time to learn more about Iowa water quality and quantity issues, connect with groups like IEC, IRR, & watershed coalitions, join a “friends of the river” group, volunteer to assist your local county conservation organization, or contact your representative or senator. Now is the time to get involved.

Our November 2017 issue includes a quick look back at some interesting events from 2017. If you are looking for 2018 event ideas, we suggest that you also check out the IWTA Calendar and back issues of the IWTA Newsletter, both found on this IWTA Website.

September on Iowa Water Trails

Depending on your point of view, it’s late summer or early fall. Either way, it’s the start of the transition to cooler temperatures, a switch to the fall color palate, and the re-emergance of boulders and bluffs from behind the green shroud of summer. Paddling, exploring, photographing, or whatever your activity of choice, we encourage you to invest some time enjoying your Iowa Water Trails. (And maybe check out the fall paddling shop sales?)

Be sure to check out the events and articles in this month’s Newsletter–Fall Along the WTs, Pelicans, Half-Chickens, Monarchs, Historic Iowaville, Volunteers for Veterans & Cleanups, Legislature Already?–Something for everyone.

Aug 2017 The MIGHTY 1400 !!!

THE MIGHTY 1400 !!!   Back in January, we shared a goal of increasing IWTA Newsletter subscribers from 1315 to over 1400 in 2017.    Last week we hit 1402.

Credit for breaking the 1400 goal goes to all of you who contributed in a variety of ways. Many of you shared your Newsletter with friends, or directly encouraged them to subscribe. Some of you included a “plug” for the IWTA on your websites or in your own newsletters. Some of you spoke up to praise the Newsletter at various events or to members of groups with parallel interests. And some of you provided the information which gives the Newsletter its value. Whatever the means or method, your contributions are deeply appreciated.

Congratulations to us all, & may the IWTA continue to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and encouragement among Iowans working to develop, enhance, or utilize our water trails.

 

JANUARY, and Lots of Info in the Newsletter

You would expect January to be a bit slow, but the Jan 1, 2017 Newsletter is filled with indoor & outdoor events, pool sessions, eagle watches, nominations, IDNR grants, a photo award, an essay contest, winter safety, natural resources, IPTV shows, career advancement, a retirement, livery owner training, paddlefishing, and the opening Iowa legislative session. We hope that you find the variety of items interesting and useful.

Your help will be critical to achieving two goals in 2017:

  1. Increase our IWTA Newsletter subscribers from 1315 to 1400 (about 7%).
  2. Ensure subscribers actually READ the Newsletter by including items which are interesting, entertaining, & of value.

Please let your friends and neighbors know about the IWTA Newsletter & Website, and keep your newsletter relevant by forwarding your events, ideas, and concerns.                           Contact us at  iowawta@gmail.com