Steamboat Rock Dam

The dam in Steamboat rock is some 80 years old and is in the Department of Natural Resources' crosshairs for modification. A meeting was held in Steamboat Rock, just up river from the dam, to discuss its future.

Nate Hoogeveen, River Programs Director for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, has seen dams like the one in Steamboat Rock throughout Iowa. He’s seen the good and the bad associated low head dams like it.

Some low head dams are used to create recreational opportunities, some for power. Some improve water quality through aeration. Some do all of that, while also creating dangers to human life.

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