September 16, 2022
I had the amazing opportunity to join ICON Water Trails for its last float of the season recently. A group of about a dozen folks from ICON, the Iowa DNR, Polk County Conservation and supporters paddled the stretch of the Raccoon River from Van Meter to Booneville, west of Des Moines.
It was sunny, calm and hot. The water was low. So low that if it hadn’t rained the weekend before, the float would have been canceled.
For the uninitiated, ICON Water Trails is a $125 million initiative that connects more than 80 sites along 150 miles of rivers and creeks in Central Iowa. It is being funded through a combination of a capital campaign and public money.
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