In answer to Mr. Hanson’s column on our Lake Delhi (June 8, “Lake’s story about more than dam”): First of all, we think this should have been a letter to the editor instead of in the guest column. Many of us are permanent residents of this area — not just those whose “summer patterns” were disrupted! The river was our main street and the story about the dam in the documentary was our love story. Some of us came to the Lake 30 or 40-plus years ago, spending weekends with our families, fishing, boating and making lifelong friends. Then, many of us lived our lifelong dream of retiring here.
Every time something is destroyed by nature, it is better for the environment. But this is 2013 — not 300 years ago.
Mr. Hanson says “dams are passe.” The dams were needed to produce electricity all over the USA, and in 1929 our dam was built. When that was no longer profitable, it was sold and purchased by the Cooeys and then the residents (Lake Delhi Recreation Association) in 1974.
Since then, homes were built, businesses flourished and all of Eastern Iowa came to fish and swim and enjoy the beaches maintained by the LDRA. Water quality was measured and sent to the IowaWaters for evaluation. The towns of Manchester and Delhi recognized the increase of business. Many activities and events were enjoyed.
This is our community!
Don and Karen Williams
Ken and Barbara DeKlotz