Funds from a revitalized Clean Lakes Program could possibly come in time to expand the Storm Lake dredging project, its Department of Natural Resources planner told the Pilot-Tribune this week, but there are many bridges to be crossed before that becomes a possibility.
House of Representatives members recently voted 420-5 to reauthorize the Clean Lakes Program, administrated by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect and improve lake water quality. The fund has been inactive since 1995, when the EPA stopped requesting separate funds for the program, which dates to the 1970s.
The Clean Lakes Program has funded past major projects for a lakes around northwest Iowa, including Five Island Lake and Black Hawk Lake.
DNR Interim Director Lyle Asell lists Storm Lake first among six Iowa lakes that he said need Clean Lake funding for restoration efforts. The others are Little Wall Lake, Crystal Lake, Clear Lake, Rock Creek Lake and Lake of Three Fires.
"The Clean Lakes Program is a tried and tested program, and if restored, would greatly improve the quality of our lakes for this and future generations," Asell said.
Read the rest of this article in the 9/26 Pilot Tribune.