Buena Vista County Environmental Health Director Kim Johnson says the County is seeking federal stimulus package funds for widespread sewer improvements in the County - including Lake Creek ($820K), Casino Beach to Bel Air ($2.4 million), Bedel's trailer court northeast of Storm Lake ($450K) and Sulpher Springs in Providence Township ($500K).
Johnson says Neal Kuehl with Kuehl and Payer has proposed different possible options for residents south of the Lake and at Lake Creek.
Proposals include running a system from Casino Beach and heading North through Emerald Park to the City's wastewater treatment plant and sending the rest South and East to the plant; running a system through Casino Beach through Bel Air to a new county treatment plant which would need to be constructed (with an outlet provided through Outlet Creek); running a system through Bel Air Beach and discharging through a lagoon to the Boyer River, or running all of the systems to Alta's wastewater treatment plant.
Johnson says it seems running Lake Creek to Alta makes sense but says the County needs to begin discussions with Alta City officials soon. Alta leaders are preparing to make final plans for a new sewer plant which will meet new effluent limits established by the Department of Natural Resources. Johnson says the City of Alta has expressed a willingness to listen and consider the possibilities available. The County may hold discussions with Alta sometime in February.
Johnson says one system Kuehl and Payer has looked at as a possibility for areas south of the lake is a step system which settles out solids before water goes through a system. Johnson says this system is relatively newer technology to Iowa and currently there is a step system in Truesdale that is being monitored. She says if they do choose to go with step systems there is potential for some growth and more houses could be added to the same main line on the system.