Informational session for Upper and Lower Dam mitigation next Tuesday

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 Tuesday, June 18 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Room 102 of Olin Hall at Luther College in Decorah. Parking is available in the Library Lot at Luther College.

Project partners will present potential mitigation alternatives for the Upper and Lower Dams, as well as the results of studies conducted throughout the planning process. There will be time reserved for audience questions. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to view and comment on the various proposals.

Mitigation of the Upper and Lower Dams is being explored under a plan developed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources 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, contact Paul Berland of Northeast Iowa RC&D at 563-864-7112 or visit