Water Quality Monitoring Buoys Placed In Palo Alto County Lakes
Iowa State University has begun installing water quality monitoring equipment in 16 Iowa lakes to collect data during the 2011 and 2012 ice-free seasons that will help identify what factors lead up to harmful algal blooms, which is a major water quality impairment for Iowa lakes.
In Palo Alto County, water quality monitoring buoys have been place in Five Island Lake in Emmetsburg, and Silver Lake near Ayrshire.
The study is being conducted in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Hazard buoys mark the location of the equipment, which is beneath the water surface and officials are asking the public to not disturb the buoys.