Informational Session for Upper and Lower Dam Mitigation to be held June 18

The public is invited to an informational session related to potential mitigation alternatives for the Upper and Lower Dams on the Upper Iowa River. The session will be held on Tuesday, June 18 from 5:30-7:00 pm in Room 102 of Olin Hall at Luther College. Parking is available in the Library Lot at Luther College.

In addition to mitigation alternatives, the presentation will also include the results of studies conducted during the project’s planning stages. There will be time reserved for audience questions. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to view and comment on the various proposals. 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is exploring options for mitigation of the Upper and Lower Dams on the Upper Iowa River under a plan developed in 2010 to respond to the state’s aging low head dam infrastructure. The plan prioritizes local interests and concerns while striving to reduce dam-related hazards and balance ecological, recreational, navigational, and economic benefits. 

Numerous partners are involved in the project, including LT Leon Associates, the Iowa DNR Land and Waters and Fisheries Bureaus, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Northeast Iowa RC&D. 

For more information, please contact Paul Berland of Northeast Iowa RC&D at (563) 864-7112 or visit www.northeastiowarcd.org/upperlowerdams.