The additional people on the rivers and lakes mean everyone needs to have patience and be courteous to one another, he advised.
“Pick up after yourself, watch your behavior and language and respect private property,” Robertson said. “These resources are for everyone to enjoy.”
The Iowa DNR will be increasing its law enforcement presence on certain interior rivers as part of its “Keep it Clean, Keep it Fun for Everyone,” campaign to remind river users that their behavior affects other people, including neighboring landowners.
“We need all of our users to respect the resource and take out what they bring in,” Robertson said. “Respect the private property rights of landowners living along the river, including the sandbars and riverbanks. Nearly all of Iowa’s river bottoms are privately owned.”