The drought is causing more trouble for Iowans. The Polk County Conservation board was forced to cancel the controlled waterfoul hunting program for the season.
The program is held at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt in Maxwell, the park has seen very low water levels in the oxbows forcing them to also cancel canoe reservations indefinitely.
“The pumps that help hydrate the controlled marsh are intended to enhance, not totally replace, the water table,” notes Doug Sheeley, Natural Resources Supervisor at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. “Without some help from Mother Nature, we cannot pump water fast enough to maintain a viable program.”
Public access to the controlled area will continue to be restricted through the end of November.
If heavy rains do occur in the coming weeks check the conservation website for changes in the status of programs.