LITTLETON, Iowa (KWWL) – The Littleton Dam is being removed and replaced with rapids. During this construction project Wapsipinicon River ice can be hazardous in certain areas.
The Iowa DNR says the dam is mainly being removed because of the nine deaths in its history. Their main goal is to provide safety to the residents in the area and those using the river. They say the people of Littleton were a big voice in making this project happen.
The first step of the project is to remove the dam. The removal could cause water underneath the ice to drop about five feet. Ice could appear to be solid and thick, but it’s actually not.
“This is the number one concern we want to make sure people know to stay off that ice between the Cutshaw Access and the Littleton Dam,” says Iowa DNR River Programs Outreach Coordinator Todd Robertson.
The Cutshaw Access Area down to the town of Littleton is the area where the ice could be hollow underneath, making it unstable.
The new rapids area will not hurt aquatic wildlife, but will actually help it by connecting the river trail.
Robertson hopes the ice will melt in late March and the hazards with it.