BOONE, Iowa—If it seems like it’s taken a long time to move ahead with the city’s plans for modifying the low head dam at the Boone Water Works, it’s because it has taken a long time. So long in fact, many people probably wonder why the City Council is even concerned. The fact is the project is part of a legal agreement following a death several years ago. Every time it looked like some progress was being made, either another agency wanted to review the plan or it was set aside to focus on other projects. The Boone City Council is prepared to seek bids to acquire stones, needed to change the dam to a rapids. Additional work will include preservation on the dam itself. Some Council members have been approached by residents concerned about the money being spent on the project. Utility Superintendent Roy Martin has said repeatedly that the dam holds river water which recharges the city’s well field. The drought conditions last year and through the winter have shown it’s importance, because the Boone has had a very stable water supply.
It appears that Engineers with the Department of Natural Resources, the Army Corps of Engineers, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and others are now ready to let the city move ahead. City Administrator Luke Nelson has said previously that most of the cost of the project will be covered by state and federal grants. The City has had it’s portion of the project set aside for some time. The Council Monday evening, will set a public hearing on the project for their next Council meeting, March 4th.