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Old 01-23-2017, 07:58 PM   #1
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Shared from Facebook...I'm going to try to be there, any anyone else with input should be there too. It may fall on deaf ears, but it's worth a shot.

"Lake Red Rock

If you hunt Lake Red Rock you need to attend the upcoming public meetings. They are looking for a fall water level increase which would be a great benefit to waterfowlers. A few possible benefits, water to moist soil vegetation on east refuge, utilization of food source on east side of Swan refuge possible increase in hunting opportunies in lake coves, possible additional refuge locations on the lake. Below is the public notice.

Public Input Sought on Des Moines River Water Control Plan Update
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rock Island District (District) is initiating an update of the Des Moines River Regulation Manual which includes the Water Control Manuals for Saylorville Lake and Red RockLake. Water control manuals provide guidance for the operation and management of water storage for each individual reservoir or system of reservoirs. USACE periodically updates the manuals in order to keep abreast of changing conditions, legislation and other relevant factors. Water Control Plans are contained within water control manuals for all projects under the supervision of USACE. The plans? primary goal is to define normal operation of a water control structure. Water control plans ensure the operations of reservoirs conform to laws and applicable USACE
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The Des Moines River Regulation Manual evaluation team is seeking initial public input. During the end of January and beginning of February, the team will host four public scoping open houses. The purpose of the open house are to informally meet with individuals and groups to openly discuss potential updates to the Des Moines River Regulation Manual, which includes the Saylorville Lake and Red Rock Lake Water Control Plans. A short presentation will provide the public an opportunity to learn about how the system is currently operated. Items to be evaluated during the study relate the authorized purposes of flood risk management, low-flow augmentation, water supply, recreation and environmental stewardship.
At each open house, the same overview presentation on the Water Control Plans will be presented. Information
areas will be set up within the room displaying informational posters. District staff will be available throughout the event to answer questions and discuss comments, questions and/or concerns regarding the Water Control Plan update/revision. Attendees? comments will be valuable to the planning team, particularly by providing observations, issues, or other related information.
These public scoping open houses will be held:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Presentations at 2:30pm and 5:30pm
Johnston Public Library
6700 Merle Hay Rd
Johnston, IA 50131

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Presentations at 2:30pm and 6:30pm
Central College - Graham Annex Building
812 University St.
Pella, IA 50219

Thursday, February 2, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Presentations at 2:30pm and 6:30pm
Bridge View Center
102 Church St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Friday, February 3, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Presentations at 2:30pm and 6:30pm
Town & Country Inn and Suites
110 N 54th St.
Quincy, IL 62305

The Des Moines River Regulation Manual revision process will begin after public scoping. A draft report of recommended revisions is anticipated to be available in late 2017 or early 2018. Its content will then be available for public review and comment through public notice, web posting, and/or by letter/e-mail to those who attended
and signed up to receive direct updates. The final Plan is anticipated to be completed in September 2018.
For the latest information on the study progress, to view current Des Moines River Reservoir Regulation Plan, to submit comments, or to be added to an email list to receive updates and notifications, please visit
http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/About/...l-Plan-Update/. The website will have a page dedicated to comment submission beginning January 31, 2017. The public can also contact the District team lead by mail at: Rock Island District, Attn: PM-M, P.O. Box 2004, Rock Island, IL 61204-2004; by email: [email protected]; or telephone: (309) 794-5704"
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:12 PM   #2
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How do we get something like this for Coralville Lake/ Hawkeye?
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:30 PM   #3
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Thank you for posting!
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Old 01-24-2017, 12:13 PM   #4
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This is nothing new. WAY back when I hunted RR, Corp use to raise RR 4 feet after they spread the millet seed. That's the only way we could get around at the boxcars. And that made the sw area a good walkin hunting. I might just have to go to one of these meetings.
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Howard, they have always tried to raise the level, but with the siltation anymore, they are discussing how high to raise it in the fall...A lot of areas have become unhuntable at fall pool because of the siltation. Raising the lake level would open up a considerable amount of hunting area all over the lake and upstream as well. There are areas in boxcars and white ready that you can't even get to anymore...So hunter input in these meetings will be very beneficial. I hope you can make it to the johnston one Howard, I'd love to be able to put a face to the name
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How they going to work it. Just have displays for the early hours and more at a presentation? I can't be there the entire time but the Johnson one is the one i'd go to if the weather is decent. They use to raise RR 4 feet starting middle of Sept and never had a problem but there has been all that siltation in recent years. I guided a lot of people there over the years but sold my big blind boat and retired to Chichaqua .
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they still try to get a 2 foot raise.,but that's not enough to to flood areas that have a extra 2 foot of mud..
what kinda raise would it take at boxcars?
if areas could stay dry enough to seed it would be abig difference in keeping some birds for more than a day or two.
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I understood that they seeded it last year even though the water was up from rains. They seed it from the air but I don't know who pays for that. My last few years there I hunted the outer points east of the mile long bridge. Most of the hunter pressure was way west so I had those places all to myself. I didn't hunt from the boat but just dug a hole for my feet up to my knees and had little chairs with backs. I threw together a little grass blind. There were times I had ducks 30-50 feet away. Ducks make good decoys to bring in more drakes. AND when I heard pheasants squawking I'd go over and jump them. Oh, the good ol times. 100 ducks or more a year. Bad back shut me down much of the last season so I only took 5 mallards all season. I'm just happy to get out at 77. I lost my lab year and a half ago and hunting just isn't the same.
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I believe the state seeds it.
lots of areas could benefit from a seeding and water level increase. And a normal summer pool so the vegatation could have time to grow.
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Bump...Still not sure if I can make it but it's your chance to be heard. If anyone is going to Johnston I hope to be there
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I can't go. Wish I was closer.
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5 of us going @5 tonight! At least speak our minds on how silted & unhuntable Red Rock become.
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5 of us going @5 tonight! At least speak our minds on how silted & unhuntable Red Rock become.
Is old Philwaukee bringing Old Milwaukee?

5 o'clock in Johnston boys and girls.
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