Excavation, in preparation for pipe installation at the new Lake Improvement Commission spoil site, will soon be underway.
Bob Payer, I&S Group, told commission members Monday contractors have begin work, and depending on weather, equipment will begin arriving in the next two weeks to begin moving dirt.
According to Infrastructure Director Pat Kelly, approximately 280,000 cubic yards have been dredged from the lake this year. The season has wrapped up, as of Wednesday, and dredging equipment will be brought in by Friday evening.
With only one dredging shift this year, Kelly said equipment should be in good shape.
"I hope we will have an inexpensive winter," he said.
Although the City of Lakeside made its final payment towards dredging last month, per a contract established 10 years ago to contribute a portion of its sales taxes, Commission Member Kathy Pomrenke said the council will likely renew its commitment for another five years.
"As dollars get tighter, it's more important to show local partnership and local contribution," DNR senior environmental specialist Julie Sievers commented.
DNR funding for dredging should continue for five years, Commission Administrator Jim Patrick said, but noted dredging could continue past that in the event the commission has an excess balance.
Iowa State should be installing water quality equipment in the lake before it freezes, Sievers told the commission.
Monitors will be installed in three locations around the lake, in addition to a land-based weather station near the marina.