Owners of Dams Can Learn About Maintenance at Open Houses This Summer
Posted: 06/02/2011
DES MOINES — With more than 3,900 dams in Iowa, proper maintenance is key to ensuring the safety and longevity of the structures. To assist Iowans that own property with a dam – often a part of a farm pond or lake – as well as owners of larger dams, the DNR is hosting seven open houses across the state this summer in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The meetings kick off June 21 in Marion and will help answer Iowans’ questions about maintaining dams, constructing new ponds, fish management and stocking, regulations regarding dams, available technical and financial assistance, and water quality. Those considering building a new pond or lake, as well as professionals who assist landowners with pond construction and maintenance, may also want to attend.

“We want dam owners and prospective dam owners to have the resources to keep their dams well maintained and to avoid long term degradation and compliance issues,” said Jonathan Garton with the DNR’s dam safety program. “Unfortunately, we can’t inspect every dam in the state, and have to focus on only the largest dams and those in poor condition. We want to reach out to owners on proper maintenance of dams to avoid future dam failures.”   

Anyone interested in learning more about dam maintenance can stop by the following open houses any time between 3 and 7 p.m. to discuss their questions one-on-one with DNR and NRCS staff. Open houses are listed alphabetically by city.

August 2, Rock Island Depot, 102 Chestnut St.

June 30, Fairfield Public Library, 104 West Adams Ave.

July 19, Lake Miami Meeting Facility, 1270 635th St.

June 21, Iowa State University Extension Office, 3279 Seventh Ave. , Suite 140

Mount Ayr
July 25, Mount Ayr Rural Electric Coop, 1502 West South St.

August 9, Onawa Public Library, 707 Iowa Ave.

West Des Moines
July 12, West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Parkway

If there is not an open house near you, DNR staff members are still available to answer your questions. Contact Garton at 515-281-6940 or Jonathan.Garton@dnr.iowa.gov.