November 10 – Low Head Dams: Sleek Design, Secret Danger
Location: Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50321
Presenter: Nate Hoogeveen, Director of River Programs, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Low-head dams provide smooth, scenic waterways fit for a photo op, but their seamless designs and short drop-offs can be deceptively dangerous for boaters and swimmers. Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Nate Hoogeveen will give a presentation on ways of mitigating dams to make them safe while still scenic, accommodating to fish passage and maintaining access for fishing.
Dam mitigation is being explored as part of the development of a water trails and greenways master plan for the Greater Des Moines region by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Join us as we explore the balance between engineering efficient waterways and keeping the public safe from danger.