The Silver Lake Improvement Project-Palo Alto (SLIP) held two meeting this summer at the Ayrshire Community Center.
Discussions were held regarding the results of an earlier engineering study to repair the Silver Lake dam outlet channel and to install a fish barrier. Total cost of the project is estimated to be $121,000. SLIP is committed to help fund the project.
Mike Hawkins, Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries manage- ment biologist, announced to the group that the state has $400,000 committed in funding to the Silver Lake restoration project. Responding to questions, Hawkins also stated that the DNR has no intentions of turning Silver Lake into a marsh or duck pond.
Mike McGhee, who coordinates Iowa's lake restoration efforts, including dredging and improvements in the lake watershed, talked to the SLIP group about the limited funding available for lake restoration. After extensive discussion, it was decided that SLIP would pursue having a Diagnostic and Feasibility Study conducted. This study is to be completed by ISU and would provide a road map for restoration of Silver Lake.
August 31 Fundraiser
In support of its efforts toward lake restoration, SLIP members will host a hog roast fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Salton Park in Ayrshire.
An auction and raffles will be held. Items include a signed Iowa State University basketball (Coach Hoiberg and team), two tickets to the Larry Gatlin Concert, signed Iowa State football, two tickets to the Sept. 29 Twins/Indians game and many more items.
For information and/or to contribute, contact SLIP?President Monty Leu or Treasurer Terry Klooster.