Dredging to begin, with $1 million coming from the state
Storm Lake officials have received word that the new appropriations bill approved by the state legislature will include a $1 million line item for dredging of Storm Lake. The funds should come on line in July of 2009.
The state has already received $1 million for fiscal 2008.
Those appropriations will be enough to keep the project going for at least the next two years, according to Storm Lake City Administrator Patti Moore.
The next hurdle for the Lake Improvement group will be to obtain a new spoil site. The current site has space left for about three more seasons worth of spoil drawn from the lakebed.
Letters have been sent out to ladnowners to see if they would be interested in providing sites, but no determinations have yet been made, Moore said.
The painting and lead eradication has been completed on the Storm Lake dredging boat, and the boat is being reassembled to begin another summer's work of deepening the lake.
The boat, fully rehabilitated after partially sinking late last season, should be launched in two to three weeks. The crew is prepared and will work with a goal of removing another 500,000 cubic yards of silt this season. That same goal was reached last year.
Also this week, the Lake Improvement Commission learned that the position of KIm Proctor, the watershed coordinator, has been extended and funded for one additional year. This will be the last extension possible, and locals will need to write a new proposal for a new governmental agreement if the watershed program is to continue beyond the coming year.
"Kim has gotten a lot accomplished with the landowners in the lake watershed, and of course, we would like to see her work continue," Moore said.