After years of waiting, it looks like some progress may be coming in the Little Lake project as local Department of Natural Resources Environmental Services Director Julie Sievers reported funding is available for a feasibility study slated to begin in May.
Sievers told the Lake Improvement Commission Monday the Lake restoration plan schedule is being moved up. The feasibility study will be done in May, with a review in June, 2007. A complete study will be done by October, 2007, the plans and specifications will be complete in January, 2008 and the contract will be awarded in May, 2009.
"That is one year ahead of where we were at," Sievers told the commission.
Sievers said a state grant has already been approved to cover the feasibility study.
The DNR is now working on state and federal funding to complete the project. The state budget is not complete so there is no word if the grant will be included. Sievers does not expect to get word on the federal grant until October. She said the state is still discussing where funding will be taken from for the 65-35 split cost with the federal government.
Chairman Gary Lalone was happy to hear after the uphill battle to make the project a reality, some efforts are meeting with success.
"Anything going on with the Little Lake project is a big plus," he said.
The Little Lake project has been held up in the past because the land it is on is wetlands. Little Lake serves as something of a filter for the water entering Storm Lake.
The commission also:
- approved $378,500 to buy a booster pump from Loos Services, Rushville. The pump can extend dredge further into the lake.
- approved granting Buena Vista County 40,000 to 60,000 cubic yards of spoil site dirt to cover the Buena Vista County Landfill.