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January 21, 2016

Trumpeter Swan Soiree at Maffitt Reservoir

Trumpeter SwanTrumpeter swans were once common in Iowa, but were gone from the state by the late 1880s.  By the early 1930s, only 69 Trumpeter Swans remained in the lower 48 states.  As the largest North American waterfowl, these magnificent all-white birds can weigh up to 32 pounds with an 8-foot wingspan. Public support is vital in restoring Trumpeter Swans to Iowa.

The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree at the Des Moines Water Works’ Dale Maffitt Reservoir and at Walnut Woods State Park lodge on Saturday, January 30.  Dale Maffitt Reservoir is located on the southwest edge of Des Moines Des Moines metro area.  From the intersection of I-35 and Hwy #5; travel 1.5 miles east to South 35th Street (exit 201), travel 1/8th mile south on South 35th Street, then 2 miles west on Maffitt Lake Road, Dale Maffitt Reservoir is located on the south side of the road.  https://goo.gl/maps/w9CJ8xyrqbQ2

There will be opportunities to view the Trumpeter Swans through spotting scopes and witness random swan feeding and flying sessions at the Dale Maffitt Reservoir.  Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk and Dallas County Conservation staff will be giving ten-minute outdoor presentations every half-hour beginning at 10:30 until 1:30 p.m.  Hot chocolate, hot cider, cookies, grilled hot dogs and other snacks will be provided free of charge with donations accepted for swan care.

Programs will also be given indoors at the Walnut Woods State Park lodge beginning at 10:30 a.m. Snacks and drinks will be available. Des Moines Water Works will present, “Trumpeting the Cause: Water Quality in Iowa,” at 11:30 a.m.   For a complete list of programs, visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/391/Trumpeter-Swan-Soiree-in-Polk-County-Jan-30.

This event is being sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk and Dallas County Conservation Boards, Des Moines Water Works, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Walnut Woods State Park, Trumpeter Swan Society, Blank Park Zoo, Christian Photo and Keller Williams Realty.

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Maffitt Reservoir Boat Permits

Maffitt Lake shorelineLast year, over 200 canoe, kayak and paddleboard enthusiasts enjoyed the beautiful water and views at Maffitt Reservoir and Park. Interested users must purchase an annual permit to launch their watercraft at Maffitt Reservoir. The annual boat permit can be purchased for $20.00 at Des Moines Water Works’ General Office, located at 2201 George Flagg Parkway, in Des Moines. No motors or sails of any kind are allowed, which helps ensure the lake remains a high quality water source for the area’s drinking water supply.

Dale Maffitt Reservoir is a 200-acre lake that sits amongst the tall oaks overlooking Des Moines Water Works’ L.D. McMullen Water Treatment Plant. The lake, primarily located in Polk County, also has corners that reach into Warren, Dallas and Madison Counties. The reservoir was constructed in the early 1940s, as a backup water source and named in honor of then General Manager of Des Moines Water Works,Dale Maffitt. In 2000, Des Moines Water Works began operating the L.D. McMullen Water Treatment Plant at Maffitt Reservoir in an effort to produce enough water for Des Moines and surrounding areas’ growing
population. For decades, nature lovers and anglers have enjoyed the serenity of the lake, as ducks, geese, river otter and a multitude of fish species call it home.

Park hours are 7:00 am-8:00 pm (Standard Time) and 6:00 am-9:00 pm (Daylight Savings Time). Take Army Post Road west, across Interstate 35 and follow the signs.

For more information on the use of canoes, kayaks and paddleboards on Maffitt Reservoir, please contact Des Moines Water Works at (515) 283-8700 or visit www.dmww.com/parks-events/maffitt-reservoir.

Posted by: Laura Sarcone 2 Comments
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Boat Permits Available for Maffitt Reservoir

Maffitt Lake shoreline

For the second year, Des Moines Water Works is allowing the use of canoes and kayaks at Maffitt Reservoir. Last year, over 270 canoe and kayak enthusiasts enjoyed the beautiful water and views at Maffitt Reservoir and Park. New this year, stand-up paddleboards will be allowed on the lake as well.

Canoe, kayak and paddleboards users must purchase an annual permit to launch their watercraft at Maffitt Reservoir. The annual boat permit can be purchased for $20.00 at Des Moines Water Works’ General Office, located at 2201 George Flagg Parkway, in Des Moines. No motors or sails of any kind will be allowed, which will help ensure the lake remains a high quality water source for the area’s drinking water supply.

Dale Maffitt Reservoir is a 200-acre lake that sits amongst the tall oaks overlooking Des Moines Water Works’ L.D. McMullen Water Treatment Plant. The lake, primarily located in Polk County, also has corners that reach into Warren, Dallas and Madison Counties. The reservoir was constructed in the early 1940s, as a backup water source and named in honor of then General Manager of Des Moines Water Works,Dale Maffitt. In 2000, Des Moines Water Works began operating the L.D. McMullen Water Treatment Plant at Maffitt Reservoir in effort to produce enough water for Des Moines and surrounding areas’ growing population. For decades, nature lovers and anglers have enjoyed the serenity of the lake, as ducks, geese, river otter and a multitude of fish species call it home.

Park hours are 7:00 am-8:00 pm (Standard Time) and 6:00 am-9:00 pm (Daylight Savings Time). Take Army Post Road west, across Interstate 35 and follow the signs.

For more information on the use of canoes, kayaks and paddleboards on Maffitt Reservoir, please contact Des Moines Water Works at (515) 283-8700.

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Farming Best Practices

cover cropDid you know that Des Moines Water Works has owned about 100 acres of farm land at Maffitt Reservoir Park since 1942? In keeping with DMWW’s mission, and knowing that what we do on the land impacts the quality of our source water, we seek to adopt agricultural practices that provide protection to the water and soil resources under our ownership.

This fall, a cover crop was planted on DMWW’s Maffitt farm land. The cover crop was applied using a helicopter that planted seed in a standing soybean field. A mixture of rye (cool season grass/grain non-legumes) and hairy vetch (cool season annual legume) were planted.

Cover crops have been around for centuries, but are gaining in popularity because of their ability to control erosion, improve soil water moisture content, and the natural filtration of water through the soil profile. When the cover crop decays, it provides organic matter to produce beneficial soil organisms for soil fertility and soil health. Healthy soils improve the infiltration of water, leading to less flooding as well as reduced soil erosion and nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) leaching. According to an Ohio State University Extension report, Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil and Water Quality (2009), a pound of soil organic matter has the ability to absorb 18–20 pounds of water, reduces nutrient and pesticide runoff by 50% or more, decreases soil erosion by 90%, reduces sediment loading by 75%, and reduces pathogen loading by 60%.

By using cover crops and reducing reliance on agrichemicals for crop production, we help protect the health of family and friends and reduce water quality concerns arising from non-point pollution attributed to farming practices. At a time when the Raccoon and Des Moines River watersheds suffer from serious degradation due to nutrient contamination, this shift in agricultural systems can play a significant and positive role in revitalizing Iowa’s river systems. For more information about cover crops, visit Practical Farmers of Iowa at http://www.practicalfarmers.org/programs/Field-Crops_cover.php or Midwest Cover Crops Council at http://www.mccc.msu.edu/.

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Labels: , , , , , , Posted in Environment, Maffitt Reservoir, Source Water, Water Quality August 27, 2013

Maffitt Lake 5 & 10 Trail Race – A Nature Lover’s Dream Race!

Maffitt Lake RaceCourse Description
A nature lover’s dream race! The course starts on the east side of Maffitt Lake, near the shoreline. Runners will start up the gravel road and take a right on the doublewide path through a prairie of  wildflowers. After two miles, runners enter a short section of single-track trail in the woods near Maffit Drive. At the edge of the lake, runners turn south and run along the scenic shoreline with a few hills sprinkled in. The course continues toward the starting area to enter a shared nature/bridal trail for a short out and back section around the south end of the lake. Runners competing in the 10 Mile Race will complete a second loop.

Registration
Registration is available online at www.getmeregistered.com or in person at packet pick-up on Saturday, September 7, or race day from 6:00-7:30 am.  In an effort to go green, no paper registrations will be accepted.

Entry Fees
$30 by August 1
$35 by September 1
$40 at Packet Pick-up or Race Day

Location
Start and Finish at Maffitt Lake, 12460 Maffitt Lake Road, Cumming, Iowa, 50061. Be prepared for a cross-country style, dirt, gravel and grass trail race.

General Information

  • Both the 5 and 10 Mile Races will begin promptly at 8:00 am
  • The 5 Mile Race will complete the course once and those competing in the 10 Mile Race will complete the course twice.
  • Walkers may participate and encouraged to register for the 5 Mile Race.
  • The course will remain open for 2 ½ hours.
  • Proceeds from this race will be used to purchase signage for Des Moines’ dirt trail systems.
  • Additional information is available at www.capitalstriders.com.

Packet Pick-up
Packets will be available for pick-up on Saturday, September 7, from 2:00-5:00 pm at Active Endeavors, located at 4520 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266 or on Race Day from 6:30-7:45 am.

Awards/Age groups
Awards will be presented to the overall males and females of the 5 and 10 Mile Races and to the top three runners in each of the following age groups:
10 & Under (5 Mile)
11-14
15-19
20-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-59
60+

Thank You to our Sponsors:

 

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Labels: , , , , , , Posted in Maffitt Reservoir, Parks June 3, 2013

Canoes and Kayaks Now Allowed on Maffitt Lake

Maffitt Lake shorelineDale Maffitt Reservoir is a 200-acre lake that sits amongst the tall oaks overlooking Des Moines Water Works’ L.D. McMullen Water Treatment Plant.  For the first time ever, Des Moines Water Works is now allowing the use of canoes and kayaks on the lake. Effective June 1, canoe and kayak enthusiasts now have the opportunity to purchase an annual user permit, which will allow them to launch their watercraft on these pristine waters.

The lake, primarily located in Polk County, also has corners that reach into Warren, Dallas and Madison Counties. The reservoir was constructed in the early 1940s, as a backup water source and named in honor of then General Manager of Des Moines Water Works.  In 2000, Des Moines Water Works began operating the L.D. McMullen Water Treatment Plant at Maffitt Reservoir in effort to produce enough water for Des Moines and surrounding areas’ growing population. For decades, nature lovers and anglers have enjoyed the serenity of the lake, as ducks, geese, river otter and a multitude of fish species call it home.

The annual boat permit can be purchased at Des Moines Water Works General Office, located at 2201 George Flagg Parkway, in Des Moines, for $20.00. No motors or sails of any kind will be allowed, which will help ensure the lake remains a high quality water source for the area’s drinking water supply. 

In addition to the land used for the lake itself, Des Moines Water Works maintains hundreds of acres surrounding the lake in an effort to protect the watershed. Today, Des Moines Water Works owns and maintains nearly 1,500 acres that comprise Dale Maffitt Reservoir and Park.

Located southwest of Des Moines, Dale Maffitt Reservoir and Park is truly a hidden gem. Fishing, picnicking, and hiking are favorite pastimes at Maffitt Reservoir and Park. For the general public’s convenience, several docks that extend nearly 20 feet into the lake are located along the shore. A nature trail of approximately 4.5 miles leads hikers around the lake.

Park hours are 7:00 am-8:00 pm (Standard Time) and 6:00 am-9:00 pm (Daylight Savings Time). Take Army Post Road west, across Interstate 35 and follow the signs.

For more information on the use of canoes and kayaks on Maffitt Lake, please contact Des Moines Water Works at (515) 283-8700.

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Des Moines’ Hidden Gem: Maffitt Reservoir Park

In 1935, Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) started to consider storing Raccoon River water as an alternative water source when river levels were low.  Following substantial drought conditions in 1939 and 1940, DMWW identified a sight for construction of a reservoir.

In 1942, Neumann Brothers Construction of Des Moines received the bid and surveying and construction began immediately.  With the assistance of DMWW’s Grounds staff, Neumann completed construction of the lake and dam nearly a year and a half later.  It was named the Dale Maffitt Reservoir in honor of the then General Manager of Des Moines Water Works.  In 2000, DMWW began operating the L. D. McMullen Water Treatment Plant at Maffitt Reservoir in effort to produce enough water for Des Moines and surrounding areas’ growing population.

In addition to the land used for the lake itself, DMWW purchased hundreds of acres surrounding the lake, in an effort to protect the watershed and ultimately the drinking water to the best of its ability.  Today, Des Moines Water Works owns and maintains nearly 1,500 acres in and around the reservoir and river.

The park is a nature lovers dream. Fishing, picnicking, and hiking are favorite pastimes at Maffitt Reservoir. For the general public’s convenience, several docks that extend nearly 20 feet into the lake are located along the shore. A nature trail of approximately 4.5 miles leads hikers around the lake.

In 2001, DMWW constructed permanent restrooms, installed wild flower areas and seal coated the park roads.  Dale Maffitt Reservoir and Park is truly a hidden gem in the Des Moines area.

Maffitt Reservoir Park is located southwest of Des Moines – take Army Post Road west, across Interstate 35 and follow the signs.

Maffitt Reservoir Park hours are 7:00 am-8:00 pm (Standard Time) and 6:00 am-9:00 pm (Daylight Savings Time). For a complete list of park rules and regulations, visit http://www.dmww.com/parks-events/maffitt-reservoir/

Photo by Christopher A. Knisley – Freelance Wildlife Photographer

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Labels: , , , , Posted in History, Maffitt Reservoir, Parks, Source Water September 20, 2011

The Importance of Dams & Reservoirs

Water is the vital resource to support all forms of life.  Unfortunately, water is not evenly distributed by location or by the season of the year. Some areas of the country are more arid and water is a scarce and precious commodity.  Other areas of the country receive more than adequate amounts of rain causing occasional floods and loss of life and property.  Throughout history, dams and reservoirs have been constructed to collect, store and manage the supply of water to sustain civilization.

The primary benefit of dams and reservoirs is water supply.  Reservoirs also provide benefits such as flood control, recreation, scenic beauty, fish and wildlife habitat and, at some dams, hydro-electric power.  Currently there are about 45,000 dams higher than 50 feet throughout the world.  While some are more than 2,000 years old, over 70% have been built in the last 50 years.

The Maffitt Dam was constructed by Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) as an emergency water supply.  Construction started in August 1943 and the dam was completed in March 1945.  Water was pumped from the Raccoon River to fill the reservoir.  Maffitt Reservoir stores 1.57 billion gallons of water.  The original plan was to store water in the reservoir that could be released during periods of low flow in the Raccoon River.  The current plan is to use water from the reservoir as an emergency raw water source for the L.D. McMullen Water Treatment Plant.

In May of 1982, DMWW entered into a contract with the State of Iowa to purchase storage capacity in the Saylorville Reservoir.  DMWW paid a portion of the Saylorville Reservoir construction costs and makes annual payments for a portion of the operational costs.  These payments give DMMW access to 3.2 billion gallons of Saylorville Reservoir water that can be utilized in a drought situation.

Between the Maffitt and Saylorville Reservoirs, DMWW has access to 4.77 billion gallons of water to meet the water needs of our customers in the event of an emergency or drought situation.

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