Raccoon River group hosts water meeting

Thursday, January 26, 2006

A growing organization of citizens fighting for cleaner water, the North Raccoon Watershed Association's members are continuing their work to preserve and enhance the Raccoon River system and its watershed from Buena Vista County to Des Moines.

They are farmers, landowners, anglers, canoeists, water quality testers, naturalists and others making the Raccoon a better river for safe recreational use.

The ten members of the board decided January 7 in Jefferson to focus upon policy matters which pertain to water quality in the Raccoon. They are also working to establish a canoe trail along the length of the Raccoon.

Members have contacted legislators, attended hearings and meetings to learn more about the condition of the river.

On February 4 the NRWA will meet again in Jefferson at the restored Milwaukee Depot on East Lincolnway. The general public is invited to a meeting about issues on the river, with the meeting beginning at 10 a.m. Linda Kinman of the Des Moines Water Works will talk about water quality issues.

Kinman has been the coordinator of the award winning Iowa Children's Water Festival which had 2500 participants in 2005. She is currently planning a new water education event targeting high school students. Kinman is also researching the consequences of state and federal funding for water quality. She is a driving force behind efforts to improve water quality in the Raccoon Watershed and beyond. For more, call 515-277-3279.

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