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City Of Emmetsburg Holds Public Meeting March 9 on Watershed Study

March 1, 2018
Emmetsburg News

In 2017, the City of Emmetsburg and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) jointly commissioned a study of Five Island Lake's watershed in hopes to identify management options to improve and protect the quality of the lake's water.

Currently, Five Island Lake has high levels of phosphorous due to residential and agricultural waste. Phosphorus is common in agricultural fertilizers, manure, and organic wastes in sewage and industrial effluent. Phosphorus in the proper amount is safe for lakes, but too much can cause a reduction in dissolved oxygen molecules, which can cause an increase or mineral and organic nutrients. This can cause harm to the lake's flora and fauna.

The study, which is on going, is being conducted by FYRA engineering. Throughout the study process, representatives of FYRA have been working with two groups: a Technical Advisory Team (TAT Committee) which is being made up of regional IDNR and NRCA officials, lake restoration board members, city staff, and a Citizens' Advisory Team (CAT Committee) which consists of a broad range of local citizens. The study process is not at a point where the FYRA, the TAT, and CAT committees seek public input.

A public meeting will be held in the Jack Kibbie Room at The Shores at Five Island Community Center on Wednesday, March 7 for the above purpose. At this time, the committees will share findings as well as brainstorm with the public ways in which we can improve our lake.

The meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a brief presentation by FYRA followed by breakout sessions during which interested citizens can obtain information regarding the study's purpose and status and can ask questions regarding the same.

The City of Emmetsburg, IDNR, and FYRA hope to draw a sizable crowd in order to inform the general public about the important project. Notes from the meeting with be posted on the City's website at following the March 7 meeting or those who are unable to attend.



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