Lake Restoration and Water Quality Improvement

Lake Sugema, Van Buren CountyIowans value clean water and desire safe, healthy lakes that offer many aesthetic, natural and recreational opportunities. Clean lakes improve the quality of life for Iowans and help bring economic growth to communities. Lake restoration successes at Lake Ahquabi (Warren County) and Lake of Three Fires (Taylor County) show that major improvement in water quality can be expected after a lake is restored.

2006 was a milestone year of increased focus on Iowa's lakes. This emphasis was encouraged by the 2006 Infrastructure Bill (HF2782), which provides additional funding and requires the DNR to use a science-based approach to achieve lake water quality improvements. The program was continued in 2007 as a result of status quo funding from (HF911) through the Restore Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIFF).

127 of Iowa's major public lakes were ranked for lake restoration consideration based upon a number of socio-economic, water quality, and watershed factors. Thirty-five lakes were chosen as places for possible lake restoration projects.

A local commitment to protect lakes and watersheds is important for successful lake restoration projects. The DNR actively works to build partnerships with local stakeholders, private landowners and natural resource professionals to make sure restoration projects are successful .

Each year a report is compiled to document lake restoration progress and outlines future lake and watershed restoration projects. Successful lake restoration projects  improve lake water quality and recreational opportunities, contribute to community development efforts and make Iowa a better place to live and work.

Lake Restoration Report and Plan



DNR Contact Information:

George Antoniou
515-725-8449, George.Antoniou@dnr.iowa.gov

Michelle Balmer
515-725-8448, Michelle.balmer@dnr.iowa.gov