Illegal discharges into Storm Lake is not a problem, according to state and county officials. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Buena Vista County Environmental Health surveyed the south side of the lake this week to see if there were any non-compliant homes.
"Every year the DNR and Environmental Health get complaints on discharges into the lake," Kim Johnson, director of the county's environmental health department, said. "Because of where the lake is right now, we decided to walk the lake and look for non-compliant discharges and reference the compliant ones.
"The results overall are very good," Johnson said. "We found only three outlets (that would require) more testing or investigation."
The DNR was also pleased with the findings.
"We were very pleased to find there were only two or three pipes of suspect origin in the entire stretch of the shore," Barb Lynch, of the DNR Field Office in Spencer, said.
Though they found some suspect pipes, Lynch said they could not identify what they served because there was nothing exiting them.
"Over the years we have had several allegations that there may be an illegal discharge to the lake," Lynch said. "The lake is so low, (now) was the appropriate time to walk along and find anything."
Read the rest of this story in the 10/5 Pilot Tribune.