Several volunteers were recognized this spring with Governor’s Volunteer Awards for their help with different projects at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Black Hawk Lake Renovation
Reggy Rohrbeck, of Lake View, was recognized for donating his time (three days) and equipment (ATV) to pick up dead fish around the shoreline of Black Hawk Lake after the fishery was renovated. The Black Hawk Lake renovation was the largest lake renovation in Iowa in more than 25 years.
The equipment Rohrbeck donated made the pickup and disposal of more than 200,000 pounds of dead fish to run efficiently.
Ledges State Park
The Friends of the Ledges, Inc. were recognized for raising the funds and purchasing a recycling trailer for the park.
The Friends of the Ledges raised $10,000 through local grants, fundraising, and their own contributions to implementing a “first-of-its-kind” state park recycling program. The recycling program began in July 2012 and nearly 400 pounds of material was recycled in less than four months.
The new program created a strong community partnership between the Friends of the Ledges, Boone County Landfill, Boone County Recycling Center, Genesis Development, and park staff at Ledges State Park. The program has been so successful it is being modeled at seven other state parks across Iowa in 2013.
Friends of Beeds Lake
The Friends of Beeds Lake was recognized for its role in improving water and recreational resources of Beeds Lake, in Franklin County, through numerous service organizations, individuals, grants and donations.
The group’s efforts resulted in a new check-in-booth, lifetime park benches and many other projects. Special events, such as the Beeds Lake Restoration Run, have brought in funds on an impressive scale.