Archive for August, 2013

August 28, 2013

Changes in the Works: Open House for Water Works Park Master Plan

1Des Moines Water Works, in collaboration with Sasaki Associates and RDG Planning & Design, invites the public to see the exciting changes in the works for one of the largest urban parks in the nation.  A public open house for the Water Works Park Master Plan will be held on September 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m., at Water Works Park’s event lawn (west end of the park off of George Flagg Parkway). Signs and volunteers will guide visitors to the site. Enjoy food, music and family-fun activities that will assist visitors to envision what’s on tap for Water Works Park.

The evening’s activities include paddleboarding and canoeing demonstrations, a water dance performance, a guided ecology bike tour, live music, fishing tips and tricks, and community eco-art projects for the whole family. See below for a complete list of activities and schedule. Enjoy free tacos from Tacopocalypse and free re-usable water bottles for the first 200 people. Your feedback on the park plan is the only request.

In the event of inclement weather, activities will be held at Des Moines Water Works’ general office building, located at 2201 George Flagg Parkway.

For the latest updates, visit For more information about the event, contact Teva Dawson at (515) 244-8590 or [email protected].

Water Works Park Master Plan Open House: September 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Throughout the evening, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Enjoy free tacos from Tacopocalypse for the first 200 people.
  • Free re-usable water bottles for the first 200 people or bring your own re-usable water bottle and fill up at Des Moines Water Works’ mobile water station.
  • Live music.
  • Learn about Water Works Park’s future amenities and provide feedback on the plan.
  • View paddleboarding demonstrations by No Coast Stand Up.
  • Win a prize by participating in a scavenger hunt.
  • Share a picture of yourself next to a future park amenity in the photo booth and enter to win a prize if shared on the “Changes in the Works” Facebook site.
  • Learn tips and tricks for successful fishing by experts from Izaak Walton League.
  • Gain river paddling advice and demonstrations by Central Iowa Paddlers.
  • Hang with the horses from Irish Run Farms and learn about riding the bridle trails at Water Works Park.
  • Write your wish for the park and the river through the “wishing ribbons” eco-art project, hosted by Open Arts.
  • Participate in green arts activities, hosted by Metro Arts Alliance.
  • “Fish for Pollutants”  by using a fishing pole to see how many pollutants like dirt, trash, fertilizer, pet waste and pesticides you can “fish” out of the water.

6:00 p.m.

  • Water Dance – Paddleboarding dance performance by modern dance company, Hurley and Dancers.

6:15 p.m.

  • Guided Ecology Bike Tour – Learn about the watersheds, flood plain forest ecosystems and the restoration of disturbed areas, including the infamous “Lost Planet.” A limited number of B-cycle Bikes from the Bike Collective will be available for use.  Note: The trail is not strenuous, but participants will ride on asphalt, gravel and mowed grass.
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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 is available online at 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

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

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)

Thank You to our Sponsors:


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Environmental Protection Commission Visits Des Moines Water Works

photo 2On August 20, the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting at Des Moines Water Works (DMWW). Prior to the business meeting, Commissioners Couser, Rastetter, Sinclair, Smith, and Ver Steeg, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) staff, and representatives from environmental and agricultural organizations toured Des Moines Water Works’ Fleur Drive Treatment Plant to gain a better understanding of the treatment process. DMWW staff provided the Commissioners an insight into the condition and challenges of source waters used for drinking water for the more than 500,000 people in central Iowa.

Challenges expressed by DMWW included everything from high nitrates to flood events. However, most questions and comments stemmed from the exceptionally high nitrate levels this year. DMWW staff emphasized that even if nitrate levels are currently low, the combination of nitrates and phosphorus in the rivers and increasing temperatures will again challenge DMWW due to algae blooms. Algae can cause taste and odor problems and require additional filter maintenance, which slows the treatment process and reduces production capacity.

The EPC is a panel of nine citizens who provide policy oversight over Iowa’s environmental protection efforts. EPC members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by vote of the Senate for four year terms.

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Healthy & Happy Outdoors at the Iowa State Fair

3Des Moines Water Works is a supporter of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Healthy & Happy Outdoors (H2O) program and was present when Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds kicked off the H2O program at the Iowa State Fair. The H2O program helps you get connected to Iowa outdoor destinations, including Water Works Park, and recreational activities for a healthier life! Helping Iowans improve physical and mental health through outdoor recreation is an important goal for DMWW.  Above photo:  IDNR Deputy Director Bruce Trautman, Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds

Here’s how the H2O program works: After you register on H2O website, you can record your outdoor activities in Iowa parks and recreational areas. Each recorded activity counts as an entry into a prize drawing for outdoor gear– from bikes to binoculars to a vacation getaway. The more outdoor activities you register, the more chances you have to win. Log in today to get started! Participants who log activities between now and August 31, 2013 are eligible to win an Iowa State Park camping coupon book.

1Des Moines Water Works and Iowa DNR is providing free water at the Iowa State Fair in the Department of Natural Resources building. Bring your reusable water bottle to the Fair and fill up!

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