Join Golden Hills RC&D for a fun, educational float on the West Nishnabotna River Water Trail!
John Thomas, Program Director of the Hungry Canyons Alliance, will lead a presentation and discussion on basic river geology and the geomorphologic history of the Nishnabotna watershed. We will begin at Botna Bend Park in Hancock at 9am on Thursday, July 19 with a short presentation and then paddle to Oakland. Participants will then be shuttled back to Hancock at the end of the float. The float should be done around noon, depending on river levels and paddler experience.
John has led the Hungry Canyons Alliance since 2000. His work revolves around stream channel instability, gully erosion, and grade control. He has a B.S. in geology and environmental sciences from Cornell College, a master’s degree in geology and water resources from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree in civil engineering (hydraulics) from the University of Iowa. This event is open to the public and cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please register by July 18 at goldenhillsrcd.org/events
The float is open to all ages, including children accompanied by an adult. Participants should have some experience paddling.
We will rent canoes from Rubber Duck Outfitters. Paddles and life vests will be included, and Rubber Duck will shuttle participants back to Botna Bend from Oakland. If you prefer to use your own canoe or kayak, email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
This event is coordinated by Golden Hills RC&D of Oakland. Golden Hills’ mission is to develop and promote sustainable cultural and conservation projects that enhance quality of life and preserve the assets of rural western Iowa. Golden Hills coordinates the West Nishnabotna River Water Trail in collaboration with Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, and other partners. Funding for the event provided in part by the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation.
Email email@example.com with questions. Event will be rescheduled if there is inclement weather or unsafe water levels.