DNR Invites Public to Discuss Future Options for Mon-Maq Dam

The Iowa DNR is hosting a public open house and meeting tonight to discuss the future of the Mon-Maq Dam and Maquoketa River.

DNR River Programs Director Nate Hoogeveen says the Maquoketa River from Monticello to Pictured Rocks Park is a Midwest regional destination, with visitors from as far as Chicago. Jones County Conservation board owns the dam and is studying it for modifications that would reduce safety hazards and eliminate barriers to fish movement. Options could include removing the dam, replacing it with rapids, leaving much of the dam in place or leaving the dam as it is.

Design options will be presented at tonight’s meeting, as well as the results of Monticello-area focus groups and Jones County mail-in surveys. The public will also have the opportunity to express their comments and concerns and ask questions.

The first half hour of the meeting will be an open house from 6 to 6:30 pm. The public will be able to talk with the project consultant and project participants about design alternatives, dam history, dam safety, recreational interests and more.

Tonight’s open house and meeting runs from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Durgin Pavilion at Camp Courageous near Monticello.