Iowa DNR Restoration Projects Include Dredging

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Iowa DNR Restoration Projects Include Dredging

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is cleaning dozens of Iowa lakes this summer as part of its ongoing lake restoration program.

The Iowa DNR has selected 35 Iowa lakes and watersheds for restoration with the goals of improved water quality, a balanced aquatic community and improved fishing and swimming.

Their 2013 report stated that many Iowa lakes suffer from excessive sedimentation.

The DNR plans to work with local towns and watershed groups to develop action plans, including marsh rehabilitation, wetland reconstruction and lake dredging.

Similar projects at Clear Lake, Storm Lake and Lake MacBride have enhanced recreation opportunities, putting them in the top five most visited lakes in the state.

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Source: iowaenvironmentalfocus.org, August 12, 2014

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