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  • 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 

  • NOVEMBER, With Occasional Warm Days, Consistently Cold Water.

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    Once again, be aware that November is a “transition month,” with an occasional day of calm winds and sunny skies impersonating a day from July or August. Please remind yourself that the water is very cold, and the days are shorter, and plan your paddling accordingly. Ensure that your plans include warm clothing, energy snacks, and paddling friends.

    Speaking of shorter days, note that we set our clocks BACK one hour on the morning of Sunday, November 6.

    For traditionalists, those unable to decide, or those waiting for the very last “October Surprise,” be sure to VOTE on Tuesday November 8. Check the back side of your ballot; some of our most important local issues will be decided there.

    Veterans Day is Friday, November 11. Please display your flag, and make an effort to thank your neighbors or coworkers who are veterans. And, if you are a veteran, please accept our sincere thanks for your service.

    A quick reminder, we’re gathering info for the 2017 IWTA Planning Calendar. These items will appear in both the IWTA Newsletter during the year, and on the IWTA Website Calendar as soon as possible. Please let us know as soon as you have tentative or confirmed info about your 2017 events.  Contact us at