The Lake Preservation Association of Storm Lake is ready to make waves as it seeks to expand on its environmental efforts.
The LPA annual meeting has been set for Tuesday, June 1, with a picnic to follow kicking off the new "Save the Lake" campaign. Everyone is welcome.
Activities start at 6 p.m. at the Storm Lake Municipal Golf clubhouse. The meeting will be followed by the fundraiser kickoff, with supper available for $4 per person.
Department of Natural Resources director Jeff Vonk is expected as a special guest, and bus tours of the watershed area are being arranged for earlier that afternoon, according to Phil Redenbaugh of the LPA.
"The meeting and picnic are open to everyone who is interested in our lake. The more the better," he said.
The public may also now help the project either though a Save the Lake pledge or a family membership in the LPA - the latter ranging from "Ensign" level for $10 up to "Captain" at $100.
Donations can be sent to LPA, in care of Redenbaugh Law Office, P.O. Box 1284, Storm Lake, 50588.
A new web site is also available, allowing the public to follow the Storm Lake dredging project, to review lake projects elsewhere in Iowa, and to learn about watershed environmental studies. It can be viewed at www.bvu.edu/goto/SaveTheLake.
The LPA's goal is to spur additional dredging to 1,500 acres over several years to a depth of 12 feet, with the purchase of a locally-operated dredge at a cost of about half a million dollars - a project totaling some $16 million in scope.