Public Meeting Addressing Curly Leaf Pond Weed

(Spirit Lake)– Curly leaf pondweed will be the topic of a public informational meeting tomorrow (Thurs.) evening at the Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts in Spirit Lake. Terry Wilts of the East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation says a team made up of leaders from the county, cities, lake associations, drinking water utilities, Lakeside … Read more

Iowa Select Withdraws Hog Lot Permit

(Des Moines)– Iowa Select, the largest corporate hog operation in Iowa and the 8th largest natioanlly announced today (Tues.) it’s withdrawing permit applications for two proposed confinement operations in Wayne and Clay counties.

The proposed operation in Clay county was to be located near Spencer. Opponents gathered signatures on a petition. The board of supervisors recommended denial of the site. The action was overturned by the Department of Natural Resources. The Clay County Board of Supervisors was set to vote on appealing the DNR’s approval at their meeting today (Tues.)
It wasn’t immediately clear as to why Iowa Select withdrew the permit applications.

Arnolds Park Restoration

Restore the Park Arnolds Park Amusement Park is restoring this crown gem of the Iowa Great Lakes for generations to come. Your Iowa Great Lakes Association is a proud supporter of this endeavor and we ask that you consider contributing, as well. All gifts help, and ALL GIFTS are appreciated. Donate Now at

Center Lake Restoration

The restoration of Center Lake is nearing completion. Water clarity has been vastly improved, the water is no longer overrun with algae and run off has been curbed. This body of water plays a significant role in our watershed. Listen as our President Bill Van Orsdel explains what has transpired on this body of water … Read more

Des Moines Register covers “monster weed”

A monster weed is invading the Iowa Great Lakes and no one is sure how to stop it.

Invasive curlyleaf pondweed has been choking East Okoboji Lake, snarling boat propellers, burning up motors and shutting down swimming, tubing and other water sports in an area that depends on recreation.

Spring 2017 Environmental Update

Iowa Great Lakes Association Environmental Update Spring 2017 Zebra Mussels Zebra mussel populations continue to expand in the Iowa Great Lakes. The populations is expected to continue to increase in the coming years before reaching a limit and moderating. The biggest impact to lakeshore residents continues to be colonization on hoists, docks and swim ladders. … Read more

Curly Leaf Pondweed Meeting held April 4

The Iowa Great Lakes Association held an informational meeting regarding the Curly Leaf Pondweed that has caused issues with recreation in the Iowa Great Lakes.  With over 100 people in attendance at the meeting held at Rolling Oaks Barn, we all walked away with more information thanks to Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist Mike Hawkins’ explanation … Read more

Curlyleaf Pond Weed Informational Meeting

The Iowa Great Lakes Association will host an informational meeting open to the public on Tuesday, April 4th at 3 pm in the loft of Rolling Oaks Barn in Spirit Lake to discuss Curlyleaf Pond Weed in the Iowa Great Lakes. Mild falls and winters have provided the opportune environment for this invasive species, introduced … Read more