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News and information from River Action, Inc. about the Mississippi River, the environment and outdoor recreation. Life on the upper Mississippi River.


  • Volume 1, Issue 4 | February/March/April 2012 A P U B L I C A T I O N O F R I V E R A C T I O N , I N C . w w w . r i v e r a c t i o n . o r g



    : : Geo-Caching: : Slow the Flow!

    : : Vroom! Vroom! Boats!: : 19th Century Steamboat Cruises

    : : Go Green Guide Green Gardening

    Fishin the Mississipp

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  • February/March/April 2012 | Eddy Magazine 3

    Make Room for the River

    This is how they do it in Nijmegan, the oldest city in the Netherlands. Im talking about lowering flood levels and mitigating decades of floodplain development.

    Recently, a representative from the Netherlands spoke at Urban Waterfronts 2011 in New York City and led the audience through an amazing project entitled Room for the River Waal.

    The country began building dikes and levees to control flooding 800 years ago, but 1993 and 1995 floods caused $300 million in damage and the evacuation of 250,000 people. An analysis of flood control strategies was undertaken, and in 2007 the Dutch government approved a new $3.3 billion strategy for dealing with flood threats. The plan will improve the environmental quality of riverfronts, eliminate 3,163 acres of farmland, and increase natural land area by 4,586 acres. It will also reduce high water levels in the Rhine, Meuse, and Ijssel rivers. By 2015, these rivers will be given more room at thirty-nine locations.

    This is where the audience really started to take note. Knowing the US Army Corps of Engineers will undertake a management plan for the Missouri River and a more comprehensive plan for the Mississippi River, the similarities of the flooding in both countries caused us to listen up.

    In the Netherlands, they are using the following strategies: Relocating dikes or levees further inland

    to widen floodplains. Modifying dikes or levees in certain

    areas to allow for flooding. Lowering floodplains to increase depth

    and flow. Creating side channels as alternate

    routes for high water. Deepening riverbeds, removing

    obstacles that obstruct flow, and creating temporary water storage areas.

    Heightening and strengthening dikes or levees where slumping and subsidence can be avoided. This plan was moving forward, and I

    could see it could be an example for the world.

    Many of these strategies are in use here today but not in a comprehensive way. For us, it could mean a Corps and perhaps FEMA project in the Quad Cities. Think for a minute about Credit Island. A causeway now stretches across the Credit Island slough. If it was removed, a bridge put in its place, and the slough dredged, it would make room for the river. Certainly it would diminish flooding on the island itself.

    This is the time to involve the com-munity in a highly technical engineering solution. It would be a bold move, but making room for the river, or something like it, deserves consideration.

    February/March/April 2012 Volume 1 Issue 4


    KATHY WINE, Publisher / Executive DirectorBETH CLARK, Managing Editor (Milepost Ventures, LLC) BECKY LANGDON, Copy EditorJEFF VanECHAUTE / pi design, inc., DesignMICHELLE OHARA, Calendar EditorContributing WritersJEFF CORNELIUS, River Action StaffMIK HOLDERESSONBECKY LANGDONCURTIS ROSEMANJULIE SEIERCHEF TODD KENT


    Eddy Magazine and River Action, Inc., all rights reserved, 2012. Reproduction in any form, in whole or in part, without express, written permission, is prohibited. The views expressed herein, whether expressed as fact, fiction, opinion, advice or otherwise are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the ownership or management of this magazine. This magazine is sold with the understanding that neither it, nor River Action, Inc., its owners or managers, are engaged in rendering legal, accounting, tax, medical, technical, or any other advice, professional or otherwise. The publication of any advertisement does not reflect the endorsement of any products or services by the ownership or management of this magazine unless it is specifically stated in such advertisement and there is written approval for such endorsement. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork or other material to Eddy Magazine for consideration should not send originals. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and other submitted materials must be accompanied by a self addressed, postage paid envelope in return of materials is requested. Return of materials is not guaranteed. Eddy Magazine is published quarterly by River Action, Inc., 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803 and is direct mailed to approximately 5,000 area homes and businesses.

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    INSIDE THIS ISSUE 4 River Action Updates BIKE TRAILS: The latest updates on

    QC area bike trails! by Jeff Cornelius GEO-CACHING: Join in for lots of

    fun and education along the river! by Jeff Cornelius

    SLOW THE FLOW (DUCK CREEK BUFFER): Slowing down run-off into Duck Creek helps to clean the river. Mik Holgersson

    8 Fishin the Mississipp Chef Todd tells some BIG fish stories! by Chef Todd Kent 10 History Column

    Full Steam Ahead! 19th Century Steamboat Cruises by Curtis Roseman

    12 Nahant Expanding

    Nahant Marsh to get new field station. by Julie Seier 15 Go Green Guide Greener

    Gardening Tips How to grow gardens while helping the environment.

    by Becky Langdon 18 Vroom! Vroom! Boats! Whats new in motor boats this year!

    by Julie Seier 20 Eddy Calendar: FebruaryMarch Lots going on in the Quad Cities before



    COVER: Fishin the Mississipp(photos from 123.rf.com)

    O u r M i s s i o n :River Action strives to foster the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad City region.

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    By Jeff Cornelius, River Action Staff

    The Quad Cities area has a world-class set of multi-purpose trails boasting nearly ninety miles of paths along the Mississippi River, Rock River, and Duck Creek. While most of the development has been on the Illinois side of the river, Iowa made great progress in 2011 pointing toward a bright future of more trails and access to our great waterways.

    Bettendorf has been hard at work con-structing a section of Mississippi River Trail (MRT) from the Isle of Capri Casino to Riverdale,

    which will connect to Duck Creek Parkway. Construction includes two miles of trail and a scenic overlook. These projects have received over $2 million in grants including a Scenic Byways Grant for the Live Work and Play over-look. Grading issues delayed construction in the fall, but the project should be completed in Spring 2012.

    In July 2011, Davenport awarded con-tracts to build the Credit Island Bridge project. Currently, Credit Island is the end of the line for the Iowa side of the Quad Cities multi-purpose trails. The planned bridge will connect the island with Concord Street across the slough, allowing pedestrian and bike access to Nahant Marsh, to the city limits of Buffalo farther downstream, and eventually to Muscatine. Initial work on the bridge was scheduled to begin in December. The bridge should be com-plete in early summer depending on weather and spring river levels.

    The City of Buffalo was recently awarded a $108,500 grant from the Iowa State Rec Trails Program, which will be used as the local match to a $500,000 fed-eral earmark from 2006. The money will fund detailed engineering for a trail that will run from the Buffalo/Davenport border to Muscatines Wild Cat Den. This spring, the city will work with its Trail Committee and Bi-State Regional Commission to request bids

    to complete the engineering for the project. After the study is completed, grants can be written for construction funds.

    While Riverdale worked with Bettendorf to construct the MRT/Duck Creek Parkway connection, it also has plans for a 1.3-mile section of the MRT on Alcoa property along US Highway 67. River Action helped the city submit a grant for $539,000 to Iowa Scenic Byways that includes a $135,000 match from the city. When constructed, the trail will run in

    between US Highway 67 and the railroad tracks from South Bellingham Road to Fenno Road. Should grants be award-ed, construction is not likely to start until 2013 to coincide with planned improvements to South Bellingham Road.

    Lets hope 2012 is as pro-ductive as 2011 was.

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