Editor:

The survey sponsored by the Jones County Conservation Board (JCCB) demonstrates that the public supports saving the Mon-Maq dam.

The response to “Do you think the county should spend local taxpayer and/or privately raised money to add to the $800,000 in federal and state funds already raised to remove the dam and replace it with rapids or habitat features?” was 50 percent no, 39 percent yes and 11 percent no answer. The survey concluded: “Results are statistically valid and show majority of Jones County Voters do not think the county should spend local taxpayer and/or privately raised money in addition to the $800,000 dollars in federal and state funds already raised to remove the dam and replace it with rapids or habitat features.”

With respect to priorities, the survey administrator concluded: “Data shows ‘Fishing and Angler Access’ and ‘Leave the dam the way it is’ had the highest priority from Jones County respondents.”

It should be noted that the category “Repair and maintain the dam” also shows unequivocal support for saving the dam. The respective scores are: “Leave the dam the way it is” (557); “Repair and maintain the entire dam” (322) and “Fishing and angler access” (547). Given the total score of 879 for the two alternatives directly favoring saving the dam, it is clear that has the highest combined ranking for priorities related to the Maquoketa River.

The JCCB meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Durgin Pavillion at Camp Courageous. Be there to help Save the Dam!

Donald Bohlken

Indianola

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