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Calling All Mo. River Basin Waterfowlers Nov 14 me

Postby feathhd » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:33 pm

Folks if you would like to see more of our Ox Bows and shutes open and managed for waterfowl habitat and waterfowl hunting opportunities please show up as a public waterfowlers and tell SIMRA exactly what you think they should do and consider as part of moving forward on Mo. River Management.


MEDIA CONTACT: Sharon Tahtinen at 515-281-7066 or

DES MOINES – Flood recovery, appropriate prioritization of flood
control in river management and water allocation are the top items on
the agenda for the State Interagency Missouri River Authority’s Nov. 14
meeting in Council Bluffs.

The group will get an update on the continuing dry conditions, and in a
related matter, will discuss two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ reports.
One report provides a five-year plan for managing surplus water in the
Missouri River system of reservoirs. The other is a report on the
corps’ start-up efforts to change the permanent allocation of Missouri
River water for municipal and industrial use.

The Missouri River Authority is an interagency, interstate group that
makes recommendations on policies affecting the Missouri River.

The group will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Iowa School for the
Deaf, Lied Multipurpose Complex, 3501 Harry Langdon Boulevard, Council
Bluffs. The meeting is open to the public.

Also on the agenda are updates from the state hydrology work group, the
sediment management meeting, the county official coalition and a
committee working on the Missouri River Recovery. MidAmerican Energy
will discuss its perspective on operation of the river.

The complete agenda is available below and on the state public meetings
calendar at under DNR:

Welcome - Tom Hanafan, Mayor-Council Bluffs
SIMRA Business – Sharon Tahtinen
Approve Agenda
Approve Summary from July 24, 2012, Meeting
Briefing on Council Bluffs Recovery Efforts – Mayor Tom Hanafan
State Hydrology Work Group Update – Tim Hall, Coordinator (via phone)
MidAmerican Energy’s Perspectives on Operation of the Missouri River -
Dave Ulozas, Vice President of Generation, MidAmerican Energy
· Army Corps of Engineers Discussion – Gwyn Jarrett,
PM/Planner, Tiffany Vanosdall, PM/Planner
Missouri River Mainstem Reservoirs Draft Surplus Water Reports
o Missouri River Municipal & Industrial Water Storage Reallocation
Briefing on Sediment Management Meeting – Harold Hommes/Sharon Tahtinen
Transportation Update - Troy Jerman. DOT District Engineer District 4 -
Missouri River County Official Coalition Comments - Cara Marker-Morgan,
Fremont County Supervisor
Missouri River Recovery and Implementation Committee (MRRIC) update –
Shawn Shouse, Agricultural Engineer - Iowa State University Extension
Public Comment
Next Meeting Date and Agenda Topics

Interested people can attend the meeting on a conference call by
dialing 866-685-1580. Then they should follow the prompts, typing in
the conference code of 4510673319 followed by the pound (#) sign.

The SIMRA includes representatives from the Governor's office, Iowa
Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Utilities
Board, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa DNR and Iowa
Department of Transportation.


William J. Smith
Mo. Valley Waterfowlers Association
Sioux City Iowa
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Re: Calling All Mo. River Basin Waterfowlers Nov 14 me

Postby feathhd » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:03 pm

everyone who would like to see the Mo. River better managed and habitat restoration work done needs to show up and tell this SIMRA Iowa Team what you expect from them over the issues of Restoration.

Reconnect some of our old river oxbows, back waters, slack waters and sloughs. Not only does this improve our fisheries but Migratory habitat, Trapping you name it.

To date I can say with accuracy that Conservation and restoration of Habitat as it is associated directly with the river to the river is not and has not been a focal issue for our SIMRA Iowa leaders. The status of doing nothing different than what has been done seems to be the primary.

As sportsmen we must confront this issue head on and show our SIMRA leadership that Iowa Sportsmen demand a much stronger conservation effort on the river than it has seen over the last 60 plus years.

Because we havent shown up in years past they really haven't done anything to improve habitat or increase recreational opportunities as it relates to the river. We are ultimately sitting on a Natural resources that is being squandered away and opportunity to do some things slip through our hands, simply because we as sportsmen have not in years past shown up to VOICE our concerns or represent our interest.

I certainly do ask all sportsmen of Iowa and those with in the Mo. Valley to show up and voice your support for stronger restoration efforts that lead us to greater recreational opportunities and stronger Recreational Economic gains.

Again I hope to see a few of you there and I do ask that you not sit silent and listen. Say what needs to be said, represent your recreational interest and let it be reflected to our SIMRA leadership that WE DO DEMAND A LOT MORE THAN THEY HAVE GIVEN US AS SPORTSMEN.


William Smith
Sioux City Iowa
Posts: 912
Joined: Sun May 13, 2007 5:26 pm
Location: NW IOWA

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