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Big Island Soil & Water Preservation Association

                   Connecting Communities, Conservation and Amenities

Blackhawk Township Earns Eddy Award for Stewardship

When asked to partner with the Big Island Soil & Water Preservation Association NFP, Inc. to renovate Lock 32, Blackhawk Township readily agreed to help. And help they did with extensive vegetation removal, grading and laying 300 tons of gravel in the parking lot, installing 3 new directional signs, refurbishing the “Hennepin Canal” park sign and replacing one rusted trash container with 4 new ones. The work doesn’t stop there. Next year the Township plans to replace the deteriorated wooden decking on the Lock 32 walk bridge and continue vegetation removal. And, at Lock 31 they have partnered with us to install the bike/walk ramps connecting the Picnic Shelter to the Bike/Walk Path on top of the levee.

As columnist, Bob Groene, stated in his November 17, 2015, article regarding the improvements to Lock 32, “The area was transformed from a community liability into a community asset, at a place many folks say has one of the best views in the Quad Cities – the confluence of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers and the Hennepin Canal.” We heartily agree, thanks to all the effort put forth by Blackhawk Township!

Nominated by: Dean Mathias & Barb Wlaskolich, Big Island Soil & Water Preservation Association, NFP, Inc. Board Members

Check out the link below to find out more about what Dean and Barb are up to (left)

Recreational Path Improved by Volunteers

BISAWPA team, Barb & Randy Wlaskolich and Dean Mathias honored by DNR. See full story


Lock 32 After Upgrades

University of Illinois students at Lock 32

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Volunteers Needed to clear trails for off road riders. If you would like to help clearing brush and clearing trails, please contact Dean at [email protected] Thank you!

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