Building Jobs in Iowa: New Deal Dams of the Wapsipinicon River Watershed in Northeast Iowa, February 4, 2015

(2015) Building Jobs in Iowa: New Deal Dams of the Wapsipinicon River Watershed in Northeast Iowa, February 4, 2015. University of Iowa

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Abstract

The Wapsipinicon River, affectionately known as the “Wapsi,” flows nearly 300 miles through northeastern Iowa to the Mississippi. Strung throughout its drainage basin is a series of dams that are highly valued by their communities as places of recreation and scenic beauty. The Wapsipinicon has long had a reputation as a fishing stream, known for catfish, northern pike, carp, sunfish, walleye, and smallmouth bass. It is not uncommon to find anglers of all ages gathered at one of the Wapsipinicon’s dams to enjoy a day of fishing and possibly take home a prize catch. As time passes, however, a dam may outlive its original function, impede fish passage, and pose a safety hazard. But the idea of demolishing an outdated dam often rallies the community in an attempt to preserve the landmark.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Wapsipinicon River, Dams, Iowa History
Subjects: History and culture
History and culture > Archaeology
History and culture > History of Iowa
ID Code: 22769
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2016 14:49
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:49
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/22769