Student Made Sculpture Placed at Junction of Hwys 9/71

Crews on Thursday, November 2 installed a new sculpture welcoming people to the City of Spirit Lake at the intersection of Highways 9 and 71. The stunning welded sculpture was constructed by students in the J-Term program at Spirit Lake High School under the guidance of teacher Brad Travis. What a welcoming sight for residents … Read more

IGLA Board Response to Okoboji Organics Raising Hogs Near Center Lake

Iowa Great Lakes Association approves resolution to protect watershed Local board votes to reaffirm effort to preserve lakes area Spirit Lake, Iowa – Oct. 31, 2017 – Recently, the Iowa Great Lakes Association (IGLA) voted on a resolution reaffirming the original 2008 agreement opposing any concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO), specifically hog confinements, inside a … Read more

Vision Iowa – Arnolds Park Requests $1-Million Grant

President Bill VanOrsdel and community leaders were in Sioux City to present Vision Iowa with a grant request for their “Restore the Park” campaign. Visit www.arnoldspark.com to learn more about this exciting campaign to restore our park back to its glory days.   #restorethepark #iglapromotes #iglaprotects

Hy-Vee Joins IGLA

Thank you to J.J. Hesnard and the entire team at Hy-Vee for joining the Iowa Great Lakes Association. I had a wonderful conversation with this enthusiastic Store Director and how Hy-Vee values not only the pristine environment of Dickinson County, yet how IGLA lobbies, protects, enhances and seeks action if-need-be on behalf of all residents. … Read more

Curlyleaf Pond Weed Stakeholders Forum

A panel of state and local experts presented the Iowa Great Lakes Community with a plan to address Curlyleaf Pond Weed utilizing increased harvesting with two test areas in early spring with herbicide to retard the plant’s dense mat-like growth. Please click the link below to hear more about the forum and comments from the … Read more

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 ArnoldsPark.com

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.