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Beeds Lake Restoration Project
Beeds Lake Restoration Project The goals of the Friends of Beeds Lake Restoration Project are to remove the sediments, nutrients and e-coli bacteria to a level that permits the removal of Beeds Lake from the EPA and State of Iowa Impaired Waters List. In addition we will promote the dredging of the lake, the silt pond and the replacement of the silt dam with a structure capable of retaining sediments and contaminants in the silt pond. Also, we will study and promote programs and methods to clean the waters of the Spring Creek and Beeds Lake Watershed. To accomplish these goals we are partnering with the Iowa DNR, the Franklin County SWCD, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Iowa Dept of Agriculture Land Stewardship, local businesses and civic groups.
We have a number of fund raisers scheduled for 2012 including our annual breakfast to be held at the Beeds Lake Lodge on July 1st and a 5K run/walk, 10K and half marathon at the lake August 25th. We will host a Spring Clean Up May 5th so stay tuned for details.
The Friends of Beeds Lake normally meet the first Monday of each month in the basement of the First National Bank of Hampton. If you are a person who hikes, bikes, swims, camps, fishes, picnics or otherwise recreates at Beeds Lake we would appreciate your support. The Friends of Beeds Lake are a 501 (c) 3 organization so contributions, also appreciated, are tax deductible and receipts will be given on request. Contributions may be sent to: Friends of Beeds Lake, %Jim Davies, POB 595, Hampton, Ia. 50441.
Lakeside Stop CLOSED for 2017
CLOSED for 2017. Located near the Lodge is the Lakeside Stop (641-640-0425) operated by Roger and Marcia Marchant. Offering boat rentals, paddle boats and canoes you can purchase your bait, drinks, food and ice. All you need to bring is your favorite pole! Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day 7:00 am till 7:00 pm. They've really got the place looking nice, including the beach! They have an expanded line of supplies including Friends of Beeds Lake T-shirts so stop out and say Hi! Lakeside Stop CLOSED for 2017
Watershed Signage Project Underway!
Watershed Signage Project Underway! Click "more info" for a pic of the boundry marker sign.
The Community Foundation of Franklin County approved the Friends of Beeds Lake request for funding our Watershed Signage Project! The $4000 grant will be used to purchase and install signs throughout the Beeds Lake Watershed to raise the awareness of residents and travelers through the watershed of how large the watershed actually is and serve as a reminder that a watershed management plan is being developed for the area.
Omelet Breakfast!
With assistance from the American Legion we will be serving made to order omelets and drinks from 8:00 am to 11:30. Come have a giant omelet ($7), enjoy some conversation with your neighbors (free) and have a leisurely stroll around the lake after your busy July 4th celebration! Omelet Breakfast!
Restoration Run 1K, 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon. August 26th, 2017!
Restoration Run 1K, 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon. August 26th, 2017! Click on "more info" at the bottom of the page for a registration sheet.
Online registration at Active.com http://www.active.com/hampton-ia/running/distance-running-races/restoration-run-2017

Or click the link on the home page in the running section!~)
Online donations can be made at https://fundraising.active.com/event/www.friendsofbeedslake.com

Friends of Beeds Lake are hosting a 1K Tadpole Trot, 5K walk/run, 10K run and 1/2 marathon Restoration Run! August 26th at Beeds Lake State Park, Hampton, Iowa. The 1/2 marathon will start at 7:30! The 5K walk/run and 10K will start at 8:30 and the 1K Tadpole Trot at about 9:30. All run/walk participants will receive a shirt and FREE BREAKFAST. Entry fees are $20 for the 5K and 10K, $35 for the 1/2 marathon. The Tadpole Trot is free again this year! Onsite registration will be August 25th from 4-7 PM and race day 6:30-8:15 AM at Beeds Lake State Park. Add $5 for race day registration. Half marathoners please register and be on the buss by 7:00! Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers and medals to the top three in each age category for the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. All half finishers will receive a medal. Top male and female finishers receive free registration for 2018! There are only 100 shirts for the Tadpole Trot so get the kids registered early!~)

Race Info
- WALKERS are encouraged
- 5K course is flat and scenic.
- 10K course has a hill.
- 1/2 Starts in Coulter and includes parts of the Rolling Prairie Rail Trail. There are some gentle inclines along the route.
- Water will be handed out on all three courses.
- Porta Pottie near 2, 6.75 and 9.5 mile marks
Event schedule and times
Onsite registration will be August 25th from 4-7 PM and race day August 26th from 6:30-8:15 AM at Beeds Lake State Park. Add $5 for race day registration. Half marathoners please register and be on the buss by 7:00! The 1/2 marathon will start at 7:30! The 5K walk/run and 10K will start at 8:30 and the 1K Tadpole Trot at about 9:30.
CHARTER, Friends of Beeds Lake, Beeds Lake Restoration Project
History
Ages ago when Iowa was newly released from the last glacier, a race of people much like Eskimos inhabited this territory. Of them we know very little. The Mound Builders who succeeded them inhabited the whole of the Mississippi Valley and especially east of the Mississippi built mounds to honor their dead. After much time the Sioux from the west and the Algonquin from the east crushed the Mound Builders who may have fled to the Arizona and New Mexico region. The tribes of the Sioux were the sole possessors of the north of Iowa from the mouth of the Upper Iowa River to the mouth of the Big Sioux River, the main tribes being the Dakota, the Otoes and the Iowa. Years later in 1841 the U.S. Government moved the Winnebagoe to this area now called the Neutral Ground created in 1830 to separate the Sioux Tribes and the Algonquin Tribes of mainly Sauk and Fox. Again in 1846 the Winnebagoe were moved to Minnesota.
In 1854 T.K. Hansbury obtained the water rights to the area of the park and started building a dam about 80 rods wide and 10 feet high. A quarte mile millrace connected this pond to a sawmill which turned out rafters, siding and shingles. In 1859, a grist mill was opened. Finally tiring of the continual maintenance and repairs the mill and water rights were sold to William Beed in 1864 for $6500. Beeds improvements began immediately as he raised the dike 10 feet and enlarged the millrace to prevent freezing. The enlarged gristmill became known as the Franklin Roller Mills. This mill closed in 1904 and William Beed later died in Des Moines in 1912. In 1917 Henry Paulus bought the property, drained the pond and raised corn on the site. A tax levy to finance flooding the old pond and stocking it with game fish failed in 1926 but those plans were brought back and enlarged by the State Conservation Commission in 1933 and in 1934 the Civilian Conservation Commission began to help in the project.
The Friends of Beeds Lake began their work in 1992 when Doc C.W. Sprugal with a group of Friends announced their vision for improvements to the park. Lack of state funding over many years had led to the neglect and deterioration of the facilities at the park, outdated farming practices had contributed to the environmental decline, both of which affected the parks recreational appeal. As a group of volunteers they set about to make what improvements they could to the park. Their accomplishments include streambank stabilization projects, construction of a gazebo and shelter,installation of thousands of feet of terracing and initiating various changes in farming practices throughout the watershed to reduce silt infiltration. Their cooperation with the IDNR, County SWCD. the US Dept. of Agriculture and local civic groups led to many and various park and watershed improvements. That successful history has inspired the effort to begin an effort to remove Beeds Lake from the states impaired waters list by improving the water quality and protecting the lakes watershed, its aquatic life and ecology.

Mission Statement
The Friends of Beeds Lake will endeavor to improve the water quality of Beeds Lake, will work to protect its watershed and so its aquatic life and ecology. The Friends of Beeds Lake will act to restore Beeds Lake State Park and its waters to a condition that enhances its economic value, promotes the parks recreational uses and so raise the quality of life of the residents of North Central Iowa and make the park a desirable destination to visitors in our area.

Scope
The Friends of Beeds Lake will focus their efforts to improve Beeds Lake State Park and the area encompassing the Beeds Lake watershed. By partnering with various conservation services, farm organizations, legislators, financial institutions, media outlets and service organizations the Friends of Beeds Lake will utilize the expertise and skills of people with experience in park and lake restoration I improvement processes thus enhancing the expertise and abilities of the Friends of Beeds Lake members.

Goals
With the ultimate goal of improving and protecting the lakes watershed water quality and the park infrastructure the Friends of Beeds Lake will (goal 1) promote the dredging of approximately forty five acres of the lake including about thirty acres west of the causeway, four acres of the original lake west of the silt dam and an additional eleven acres of siltation west of the silt dam. For continued protection, for future expanded recreational uses and water quality issues the Friends of Beeds Lake will ( goal 2 ) push to have the current silt dam removed and a structure adequate to control siltation of the lake installed. In a complimentary effort to control siltation and bacterial carryover the Friends of Beeds Lake will ( goal 4 ) through various means publicize and educate area residents and land owners about programs and directives concerning septic system improvements, (goal 3) upland treatment for livestock manure application, livestock fencing and waterway protections. In an effort to remediate a localized source of bacteria the Friends of Beeds Lake will ( goal 5 ) investigate and promote programs to manage an expanding goose population in the park. In a continuing effort to maintain and upgrade park infrastructure the Friends of Beeds Lake will (goal 6 ) partner with various groups to secure funds and commitments for the promotion, maintenance and upgrades to the park.
The Friends of Beeds Lake will promote the monitoring of water quality improvements and participate in the collection of data to gauge the effectiveness of the programs and projects initiated and completed. The Friends of Beeds Lake acknowledge that lakes having well documented watershed protections are the best candidates to proceed with restoration efforts and that local commitments are an absolute necessity. The Friends of Beeds Lake appreciate that long term the most critical element is that interest and participation be maintained. The Friends of Beeds Lake intend to succeed in improving and protecting Beeds Lake State Park and its waters.

Membership
Friends of Beeds Lake is an open and free organization and so welcomes anyone who agrees to abide by its purpose, principles, decision making procedures, to communicate freely with members and participate in its promoted programs to attain its stated goals.

Organization
The organization of the leadership shall consist of two directors, a president, a vice-president, a secretary and a treasurer. The president shall be the principal executive officer of the organization and put into effect the decisions of the leadership. The president shall supervise the business of the group and preside at meetings of the leadership. The, vice-president, secretary and treasurer shall act under the direction of the president and the vice-president will perform the duties of the president in the presidents absence. The secretary will keep minutes of the meetings, maintain the records of the organization and communicate to the members of the group the decisions of the leadership. The treasurer shall maintain and keep the financial records of the organization and direct funds according to the needs of the group.

Thanks to the publications Iowa History Project and The Making of Iowa.

CHARTER, Friends of Beeds Lake, Beeds Lake Restoration Project
THANK YOU for helping us get a timely TMDL.
THANK YOU for helping us get a timely TMDL. The Friends of Beeds Lake THANK YOU for your help. Beeds Lake has been moved to the TOP of the state's list for developement of a TMDL for the Beeds Lakes Algae Impairment. Testing and assesment of this impairment will allow planning and work to restore the lake and watershed to proceed without a four year delay. The Friends of Beeds Lake would like to thank everyone who submitted comments in January "09" in support of a TMDL for Beeds Lake Algae Impairment. Now we THANK YOU for your help in advancing the schedule!
THANKS AGAIN!!!!
Park Cleanup March 19th, 2016
Park Cleanup March 19th, 2016
Miles of Smiles Race Series
Miles of Smiles Race Series The Friends of Beeds Lake Restoration Run has joined The Miles of Smiles Race Series. Should be fun! Check: http://iffamilydentistry.com/milesofsmiles.aspx Come join your friends and make new friends at these family fun races. Rack up some smile miles and win some prizes! All the races are listed on The Running Wall and Fitness Sports. Some are on Active also. Read on for information and contacts. Hope to see you at the races!
Dave

FREE to join!

Introducing
The Miles of Smiles Race Series
sponsored by Iowa Falls Family Dentistry

In an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and support local charitable running races, Iowa Falls Family Dentistry will sponsor the second annual “Miles of Smiles Race Series” this summer. The series will unite area races that have become traditions for local runners and walkers into a larger overall competition.

A points system will be used to score participants based on overall placing, age group placing and the total number of events run. The points system is set up to level the field for participants of all ages to be able to compete for the awards. Points will accumulate throughout the season. At the end of the series, cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and female point scorers and the top overall scorer will receive a trophy. Anyone who completes at least 3 of the races will receive a free technical running shirt commemorating the achievement. Anyone who completes at least three of the races will be entered in a drawing for additional prizes.
There is no cost to enter the Miles of Smiles Race Series (regular race entry fees apply for each race) and participants can run in as many or as few of the races as they want.

Check: http://iffamilydentistry.com/milesofsmiles.aspx for all the details.
2016 Restoration Run Results
Thanks to everyone who came to run with us on this beautiful Saturday morning! Click on the "more info" button at bottom right to view results. 2016 Restoration Run Results
Amazon supports FOBL
Amazon supports FOBL Support us when you shop Amazon. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1403849 and Amazon donates to Friends Of Beeds Lake.



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