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Federal funds may be too late for SL dredging

Monday, December 4, 2000

While it isn't an impossibility that Storm Lake will get more funding to expand dredging of the lake, residents shouldn't hold their breath.

The Department of Natural Resources has $3.7 million in hand to dredge a portion of the west end of the lake, but there will be nothing in the department's fiscal 2001 budget request to add to the project, DNR senior planner Al Farris told the Pilot-Tribune this week.

Legislators could vote to expand the dredging, and while Farris does not rule that out, he said he has seen no indication that would cause him to expect such unusual action.

And while local hopes were raised by news that the federal Clean Lakes program will apparently be revived after several years of inactivity, it may come to late to help the Storm Lake project, according to Farris.

Read the rest of this article in the 12/02 Pilot Tribune.

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