Federal funding of $500,000 has been approved for the Storm Lake dredging project, according to Senator Tom Harkin, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The funds were just approved by a House-Senate Conference Committee. Both the House and the Senate must approve the final measure before it becomes law.
"I am pleased to continue support of this important project, which creates jobs, attracts visitors and new growth, and improves the environment," Harkin said. "Storm Lake has done an admirable job of leveraging other kinds of investments to support this project."
The City of Storm Lake has completed three years of the project. The funding will be used to continue into future seasons the effort to dredge 1,500 of the 3,100 acres of Storm Lake and improve the watershed to prevent silt from re-entering the lake.
In the past three years, Harkin said that $1.265 million in federal funds has been obtained for this project.