Archaeological finds at Five Island Lake may throw a twist into DNR's projects for all Iowa natural lakes.
Emerging archaeological concern for Iowa's natural lakes has the potential to further delay the long-awaited dredging of Storm Lake, an official of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources told the Pilot-Tribune this week. Also according to the senior planner, the only way the dredging could be expanded from the current plan now would be a specific act of the legislature.
The DNR had engineers in Storm Lake this week to collect depth measurements through the ice which will be used in the final dredging plan, expected to go together within the next two to three weeks. Bidding for the project is currently slated for late this month, in hopes that dredging will begin this summer.
A variety of delays, from obtaining spoil land to building the spoil site and dikes, has postponed the nearly $4.5 million project, which was first slated to begin in spring of 2000, and then in spring of 2001. Work will now have to wait for drier conditions to create the spoil site, and now possibly for additional archaeological studies.
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