An Outline of the History of the North Raccoon Watershed Association—Mike Delaney


March 5, 2005-Association’s first meeting. Board and officers elected. Jim Riggs presented a program on canoeing the North Raccoon. (location-Dallas Center, attendance-8 (Mike Delaney, Mary Hays, Pete Harris, Jim Riggs, Doug Steele, Jim Gary Titchener, Thomas, Larry Wilson)


April 9, 2005- Guest speaker: Mary Skopec-Iowa Geological Survey.  “Water Quality in the North Raccoon” (location- Dallas Center, attendance-14)


April 30, 2005- The association launches “Operation Massive Assessment” a plan for six months of information collection on the condition of the watershed. Guest speaker: Nate Hoogeveen –Author of Paddling Iowa. (location-Perry, attendance-14) Canoe float/clean-up-Perry to Delaney’s, attendance-3)


June 4, 2005- Guest speaker-Larry Gullet-Jones County Conservationist –“Sampling Aquatic Life in the North Raccoon.” (location-Jefferson, attendance 11)


June 22-Guest speaker-Rich Leopold-Iowa Environmental Council. (location-Adel, attendance 8) Canoe trip-Puckerbrush to Booneville (attendance-4)


July 9-Guest speaker-Chris Jones-Chemist, Des Moines Waterworks-“History of Nitrates and Bacteria in the North Raccoon.” (location-Adel, attendance 12?)


August 6, 2005- Guest speaker-Gerry Rowland- “Canoe Trails”

(location-Perry, attendance 17) Canoe float/clean-up Perry to Minburn (attendance-18)


August 20, 2005-Canoe float/ clean-up- Minburn to Hwy 44 (attendance-16) 


August 24, 2005-North Raccoon River Fly-over. Brian McGarvey: pilot, Mike Delaney, Gordon Brand: Chemist, Des Moines Water Works.


September 10, 2005  Dawson to Perry Canoe/Cleanup


September 12, 2005 –Guest speaker- Dr. Jim Pease “Nature Mapping in the North Raccoon Watershed (location-Perry, attendance 12).


September 17, 2005 Attended Environmental Council Meeting. Set up a display table. Distributed videotapes. Contributed a guided canoe trip to the silent auction.


September 24, 2005 Board Meeting in Dallas Center


October 1, 2005 Canoe trip organized for auction winners—Perry to Hwy 44.


October 8, 2005 Canoe/Cleanup Henderson Park to Squirrel Hollow


October 11, 2005 Guest speaker-Brian Soenen, Director: IOWATER, Doc’s Hunt Club, Adel 


October 13, 2005 Three members attended and Sue Heathcoate, Brian Soenen and Mike Delaney spoke at public hearing on water quality standards-Saydel ICN.


October 14, 2005 Seven members attended and Larry Wilson spoke at public hearing on water quality standards. Wallace Bldg. Des Moines


October 15, 2005 Canoe/Cleanup Squirrel Hollow to Adkins Bridge.



October 29, 2005 Board Meeting and General Meeting, Jefferson


November 26 First Annual “Turkey Float” Minburn to Delaney’s


December 3, 2005 Board and General Meeting, DMACC West Campus, Speaker-Nate Hoogeveen, “A Canoe Trail on the Raccoon.


January 7, 2006 Board and General Meeting, Jefferson, Speaker – Dan Towers, Canoe Trail Update.


February 4, 2006, Board and General Meeting, Jefferson, Speaker – Linda Kinman, Des Moines Waterworks, Water Quality in the North Raccoon


March 4, 2006, Board and General Meeting, 4-H Camp, Boone, Speakers-Lynette Seigley and Mary Skopec, Water Quality Testing in the North Raccoon


March 11, 2006, First Annual St. Patrick’s Float


April 1, 2006--Board and General Meeting, DMACC-West, West Des Moines. Speaker—Scott Ralston, Raccoon River Hydrology


April 8, 2006--Board and Annual Meeting, Hotel Pattee. Articles and By-laws approved. Board members Tim Ely, Deke Gliem and Del Christensen elected.


April 10, 2006, NRWA admitted to membership in the Iowa Environmental Council


April 22, 2006---Perry Boat Ramp Clean Up. Fourteen members helped to remove three large truckloads of trash. Organized by NRWA member, Don Propst.


July, 2006 IOWATER Snapshot


August, 2006-- Paddlefest in Adel (120 attendees)


November, 2006 –Visits with  Legislative Leaders


November, 2006 2nd Annual Turkey Float


2006—IOWATER—Watershed Group of the Year Award


April 7, 2007--Annual Meeting-Raccoon River Lodge. Expanded the board to eleven members. 


May 24-June 3, 2007-- North Raccoon River Expedition. A team of five explored 185 miles of the N. Raccoon River Water Trail


June 16-23, 2007 Project Aware (400 participants)


July 15 Paddlefest in Adel (100 attendees)


July 21, 2007 IOWATER Snapshot


August 29, 2007 Jerry Peckumn’s Field Day


September 15, 2007—Raccoon River Cleanup


September 22, 2007—Sierra Club—Iowa Chapter--Grass Roots Activist Award


October 6, 2007—Mary Skopec, IOWATER and the Raccoon River (attendance –30)


November 3, 2007—Dr. Jon Hutchins and Dr. Melinda Coogan—“BVU Classroom Studies of Urban and Farm Impacts on the North Raccoon Watershed in Buena Vista County.”


December 15, 2007 –Dallas County Bird Count


March 1, 2008—“Life in the Raccoon River” meeting


March 29, 2008--- St. Patrick’s Day Paddle


July 12, 2008—3rd Annual Paddlefest in Adel


August 2, 2008—2nd Annual Rippey Prairie Walk with Lloyd Crim.


August 22, 2008—Jerry Peckumn’s Field Day


September 29, 2008—North Raccoon River Water Trail Celebration—Kinnick-Feller Park, Adel


October 29, 2008—Walnut Creek Float