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Residents discuss high water levels on Iowa Great Lakes

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) – High levels on the Iowa Great Lakes threaten both the environment and the economy, this summer.

That’s what drew hundreds of people to a presentation from a University of Iowa hydrologist, today.

Dr. Larry Weber is a civil and environmental engineering professor and research engineer.

He spoke in Spirit Lake and proposed potential solutions to the high water levels.

This isn’t a new problem.

In fact, the Iowa Great Lakes Association reached out to several University of Iowa specialists at the beginning of 2018 to evaluate the high water levels.

Weber says there are several options to prevent further devastation to the environment in the Iowa Great Lakes.

“Modifying two of the box culverts at Lower Gar and adding a fourth culvert there provides a positive benefit during high lake level conditions, preserves the low-water navigation pool for folks on the Lower Gar channel, and it has very little impact on water levels downstream, down the creek, and down to Spencer,” said Weber.

The University of Iowa analyzed the area’s watershed flooding history before presenting their findings, and preventive measures.

Tom Clary, of Clary Lake Services, says he’s confident that both the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors and the City of Milford, are able to implement the changes.

“What we will do now is we will take those recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the City of Milford. We have all the actual facts and data now to provide them to make detailed calculated decisions, based on facts,” said Clary.

Weber is working with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to examine flooding throughout the state.

Libbie Randall

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