Iowans interested in the results of a DNR study to improve water quality in Otter Creek Lake in Tama County can attend a meeting Thursday, Jan. 30. Citizens are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas to improve the lake to the meeting for discussion.
Otter Creek Lake is on the state’s list of impaired waters for high levels of algae and turbidity. The current study, or DNR water quality improvement plan, shows how these problems are caused by too much phosphorus in the lake. The increased levels of phosphorus cause for high levels of algae, which impact the turbidity or water clarity in the lake. The problems impact recreation on the lake and aquatic life.
The plan explores the amounts and sources of phosphorus entering the lake and offers potential solutions to reduce those levels and work toward fixing the problem. The document is designed as a guide for local resource agencies, partners, stakeholders and residents to improve the lake. Staff from the DNR’s Watershed Improvement Program will be on hand to answer questions.
The Jan. 30 meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tama County Nature Center, 2283 Park Road in Toledo. If the Jan. 30 meeting is cancelled due to inclement weather, the meeting will be held on Feb. 4 at the same time and location. Those not able to attend the public meeting can receive more information at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/WaterQuality/WatershedImprovement/WatershedResearchData/WaterImprovementPlans/PublicMeetingsPlans.aspx and submit comments on the plan by Feb. 17 via:
Mail: Jeff Berckes, care of Iowa DNR, Wallace State Office Building,
502 E. Ninth St. Des Moines, Iowa 50319
After gathering Iowans’ comments, the DNR will forward the final plan, also called by its technical name of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.