Mike Delaney is the founder of the Raccoon River Watershed Association. -promoted by desmoinesdem
What is the first thing to be done with the money? Plant pampas grass, an invasive non-native plant, along the North Raccoon River.
Sac City is situated on a beautiful stretch of the Raccoon River. The Raccoon River Watershed Association celebration of that piece of river last May was featured on seven pages of the Des Moines Register, thanks to reporter Mike Kilen.
Sac City Park holds a beautiful old log cabin and a Chautauqua pavilion. It provides camping, showers, toilets, and canoe access to the river. The Raccoon is a prairie stream north of Sac City that turns into an Oak Savannah river on its way from Vogel Access to the city limits.
The river is plagued, however, with logjams in and below Sac City. A few dollars could remove the logjams and make it possible for paddlers and anglers to enjoy the lovely stream and the good small mouth and walleye fishing it affords right through town.
Instead of the invasive non-native pampas grass, the city could plant some lovely native prairie and savannah grasses and flowering plants. Native prairie plants in the right balance and location could be a permanent reminder of the generosity of John Criss and his love for Sac City. Residents could attract paddlers and anglers to their gorgeous town if they have the will to do so.
Top image: Pampas grass (Cortaderia Selloana), a South American plant.