Improving Big Creek Lake Topic of Madrid Seminar
Posted: 02/17/2012
POLK CITY - One of the contributing factors causing poor water quality in Big Creek Lake will be addressed during a free seminar that will show local residents how they can help to fix the problem.

Residents in Polk and Boone County living in the Big Creek watershed are encouraged to attend the free seminar on septic system care, how to avoid costly problems and extend the life of the septic system. The seminar will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., March 6, at the Madrid Community Center, 303 South Water, in Madrid.

Outdated and nonfunctioning septic systems within the lake's watershed contribute to high E. coli levels in Big Creek Lake.

Topics of the seminar include typical septic system design and operation, tank maintenance tips, how to save monthly through drain field maintenance, why additives are not needed to clean the septic tank and more.  A $500 certificate toward septic system maintenance or improvement will be given away to a Big Creek Lake watershed resident in attendance.

The seminar will be conducted by Mike Salati, Sr., Boone County sanitarian, and James McCasland, Polk County sanitarian, along with staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Big Creek Lake Watershed Project is a partnership effort between the Boone and Polk soil and water conservation districts, the DNR, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, watershed residents and landowners, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and numerous other groups. For more information, visit