Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

March 21, 2013

New webcam at Red Rock


Marion County Conservation

Knoxville —  

The Gladys Black Environmental Education Committee  has recently placed a camera below the Red Rock Lake Dam and extends a personal invitation to experience the diversity and ecological richness of the Des Moines River.   

At any given time, viewers may be lucky enough to see pelicans, osprey, eagles, waterfowl, and more.  Check out www.gladysblackeagle.org to view the webcam or be led to USTREAM.  The website is a local, reliable source for families, educators and nature lovers.

The camera could not have gotten online without the help of many groups and individuals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Red Rock helped get electricity to the South Tailwater area, including preparing the site for the camera, and will continue to cover electrical costs. 

The Red Rock Lake Association purchased the camera and equipment. Tony Fuqua, owner of A 6ft Geek, designed and built the electronics, and continues to provide technical assistance.  Windstream Communications is assisting by providing a service and stipend. 

The plan is to have the camera stream live video year-round.  There are actually three cameras, (one pointed to the dam, one to the river, and one downstream towards Horns Ferry Bridge), but only one of the cameras can be streamed online at a time.  Each camera has digital zoom, but there is no IR (infra-red) to provide night video.  

As funds are raised, camera upgrades can be made.  Fuqua plans to log into the camera a few times a day, as his schedule allows, to possibly switch views and highlight occurrences.