As the Lake Improvement Commission of Storm Lake met Monday, Bill Lanphere asked an interesting question - where do you put something as big as a dredging boat?
The state marina at Casino Beach, where the dredge has docked for winter in the past, will be totally redone next year.
"When we picked up the dredge in South Dakota they had the dredge cut into the bank for the winter," Lanphere said. "I know it's a way off, but should we consider that?"
Iowa environmental officials firmly oppose cutting into the bank of a natural lake, said Julie Sievers of the DNR.
For this year, the dredge will be held in the water at the DNR building near the marina. Sievers said that the Department of Natural Resources is aware of the issue and is working on coming up with a suggestion for dredge storage for the long-term. At this time solution is unknown, as plans have not yet been finalized for the docking system and water traffic in the marina site.
Paul Hoye, finance director, reported that during the month August the Lake Improvement Commission received $250,000 of a $500,000 private donation, and expects the other half in November. He also stated that the 90 percent of the state funding will be received in October for a total of $450,000. There will also be enough funds for the $378,500 booster pump for the dredge.
Justin Yarosevich gave an update of the dredging operations. As to date over 516,226 cubic yards have been dredged. Over 80,597 cubic yards have been taken this month alone, at about 4,163 cubic yards per day. The booster pump is expected in two to three weeks.
Juile Sievers updated the commission on the Watershed project. The project received a grant for $73,000 for the project in the west side of Alta.
"The Commission sent a letter of support with the grant application and we would like to thank you for the support," Sievers said.
The commission is thinking about sending a thank you letter for the grant. Sievers also explained the original project of removing sediment was expanded to help drainage in the area as well. Kim Proctor was the main force behind expanding the project.