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LATEST ISSUE

With the potential to adversely affect the Iowa Great Lake's tourism industry & economic livelihood, Eurasian Watermilfoil is another invasive species that required swift action. Lake protective associations, cities and civic groups worked in concert to address this threat in a timely & thoughtful manner. IGLA has sponsored this Public Service Announcement to make residents aware that this threat is being taken seriously and addressed by a diverse group of community leaders.

Who We Are

The Iowa Great Lakes Association, or IGLA, was found in 2008 as a nonprofit 501(c)4 environmental organization existing to protect, preserve and enhance the Iowa Great Lakes.

IGLA is a multi-issue organization that strives to be an active influence in promotion for environmental health and quality of life in the Iowa Great Lakes region.  We support organizations whose environmental missions include protection of the Iowa Great Lakes watershed area.

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What We Do

The Iowa Great Lakes Association supports clean water efforts as well as other environmental and social initiatives to protect the quality of life for those in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Click on a topic below to view our video updates and learn more about our work.

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Featured News

Milford City Council Approves Agreement for Bridge at Lower Gar Outlet

October 13, 2022

On Tuesday, October 11th the Milford City Council approved an agreement with Dickinson County with regards to the outlet at Lower Gar.  The county will replace some of the culverts with a bridge.  IGLA’s own Bill VanOrsdel is thrilled with the development as our nonprofit has been working on a solution for over a decade … Read more

City of Milford Contributes to Eurasian Watermilfoil Fight

September 13, 2022

(Milford)– Another governmental entity has voted to set aside funds in the battle against eurasian watermilfoil on the Iowa Great Lakes. The Milford City Council Monday evening voted unanimously in favor of a motion by councilman Andy Yungbluth… “I’ll make a motion that we take $6,000 from the Water Quality Commission remaining money this year, … Read more

County Supervisors Unanimously Approve Emergency Allocation to Battle Eurasian Watermilfoil

September 6, 2022

9/6/2022 KUOO Radio (Spirit Lake)– We told you several weeks ago about eurasian watermilfoil being found in several of the Iowa Great Lakes. The invasive plant was discovered nearly a month ago in Upper and Lower Gar, East Lake Okoboji and Lake Minnewashta. Terry Wilts of the East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation told the Dickinson County … Read more

DNR Discourages Swimming at Emerson Bay Due To Bacteria Levels

August 29, 2022

Spirit Lake, IA (KICD 107.7 Radio)– A public beach in the Iowa Great Lakes has a swimming advisory headed into the last weekend before labor Day. The Iowa DNR does periodic tests at public beaches, and the last test on Wednesday indicates a higher than normal level of E Coli bacteria at Emerson Bay on … Read more

E. Coli Levels Alarming on Big Spirit Lake Beach

August 24, 2022

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the water concentration of E. Coli on Crandall’s Beach on Big Spirit Lake has surpassed the capabilities of DNR test kits. The beach registered more than 24,000 viable bacteria. This is 10 times what is considered unhealthy. Rapid bacteria growth may  be due to recent summer temps or … Read more

Okoboji Blue Water Festival

August 11, 2022

The Okoboji Blue Water Festival has fast become an Okoboji summer tradition. Join fellow lake lovers this Saturday, August 13 for a full day of fun along the shores of our majestic lakes. Schedule of 2022 Festival Events • 8 AM-Chalkstock • 8:30 AM-James L. Pease presentation “Connecting Wildlife and Water Quality” • 9:30 AM-Kid’s … Read more

RV Parks & Campgrounds in the News

August 11, 2022

IGLA has been monitoring the number of proposed campgrounds at both the county & city level in our area.  Here are headlines from the past 6-months.  People are paying attention.

Iowa DNR Treating Eurasian Watermilfoil in Iowa Great Lakes

August 11, 2022

SPIRIT LAKE – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed Eurasian watermilfoil is growing at multiple locations in East Okoboji Lake, Upper Gar Lake, Lake Minnewashta, and Lower Gar Lake in Dickinson County The Iowa DNR Aquatic Plant Management team monitors 153 sites at the Iowa Great Lakes each year. Each site is visited … Read more

Supervisors Approve Planning & Zoning Recommendations

June 29, 2022

June 28, 2022 Dickinson County Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation from the county’s Planning & Zoning Commission to move campgrounds in areas zoned R-1 suburban residential & resort enterprise from permitted uses to conditional uses in those areas.  Zoning Administrator David Kohlhaase says the move will allow for some “additional checks & balances”. At … Read more

Proposed Campground Draws Protest

April 27, 2022

It was standing room only in the April Dickinson County Board of Adjustment meeting as a 174-site campground was proposed at the Woodlyn Hills Golf Course.  One of the developers of the proposed campground, Brian Schmidt said this would fill a void in our community. Neighbors voiced concern over public safety, noise, aesthetics, traffic and … Read more

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We saw a pair together in a tree on A17 this week.

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CENTER LAKE UPDATE
Center Lake was named an impaired water in 2016 by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and The Environmental Protection Agency.

To restore and protect the quality of Center Lake and its watershed to West Lake, The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District embarked on a multi-year, multiphase construction project.

This massive project included installing new pipe from the city of Okoboji, through the Dickinson County Nature Center, along Nature Center Road and Lakeshore Drive, a new lift station away from the shores of West Lake at Haywards Bay, and underground sewer pipe to service the homes of the south Center Lake neighborhood. These homes have been relying on only septic sewer, many of which are in failing condition. This improvement project will allow septic systems to be removed from the watershed that are imposing a direct negative impact to the water quality on Center Lake and West Okoboji Lake.

The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District Trustees approved the final acceptance of the Center Lake Project at their November 8, 2022, meeting. The first resident of many connected to the new public sewer system on October 13, 2022.

Per the joint-contract with Dickinson County Engineers and Supervisors. the road surface and paving in this area will be completed by Dickinson County. The county engineering department has plans to pave the roads in this area in the near future.

The Sanitary District thanks everyone for their participation and patience with this valuable multi-community project. This project expands wastewater operations, increasing capacity in the larger main sewer lines through the Iowa Great Lakes, and improves the water quality for our Iowa Great Lakes.

The Iowa Great Lakes Association is honored to have helped procure $1-million in funding for the Center Lake Project from the State of Iowa. Working together for a stronger & cleaner Iowa Great Lakes for generations to come.

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CENTER LAKE UPDATE
Center Lake was named an impaired water in 2016 by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and The Environmental Protection Agency.

To restore and protect the quality of Center Lake and its watershed to West Lake, The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District embarked on a multi-year, multiphase construction project. 

This massive project included installing new pipe from the city of Okoboji, through the Dickinson County Nature Center, along Nature Center Road and Lakeshore Drive, a new lift station away from the shores of West Lake at Haywards Bay, and underground sewer pipe to service the homes of the south Center Lake neighborhood.  These homes have been relying on only septic sewer, many of which are in failing condition.  This improvement project will allow septic systems to be removed from the watershed that are imposing a direct negative impact to the water quality on Center Lake and West Okoboji Lake.

The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District Trustees approved the final acceptance of the Center Lake Project at their November 8, 2022, meeting.  The first resident of many connected to the new public sewer system on October 13, 2022.

Per the joint-contract with Dickinson County Engineers and Supervisors. the road surface and paving in this area will be completed by Dickinson County.  The county engineering department has plans to pave the roads in this area in the near future.

The Sanitary District thanks everyone for their participation and patience with this valuable multi-community project.  This project expands wastewater operations, increasing capacity in the larger main sewer lines through the Iowa Great Lakes, and improves the water quality for our Iowa Great Lakes.

The Iowa Great Lakes Association is honored to have helped procure $1-million in funding for the Center Lake Project from the State of Iowa.  Working together for a stronger & cleaner Iowa Great Lakes for generations to come.

IAGreatLakes.com
#iglapromotes #iglaprotects #centerlake #iowagreatlakes #cleanwateriowa

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Thanks for keeping the lake water clean, much needed

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Zebra mussels removed from Kuhlman Lake Service & Welding, Inc’s Big Spirit barge today.

Iowa law makes it illegal to 1) possess, introduce, purchase, sell, propagate, or transport aquatic invasive species in Iowa, 2) place a trailer or launch a watercraft with aquatic invasive species attached in public waters, and 3) operate a watercraft in a marked aquatic invasive species infestation.

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How were the zebra mussels on the other Iowa Great Lakes?

Today Kuhlman Lake Service & Welding, Inc took advantage of the mild temps to thoroughly clean their Big Spirit barge as the lake is infested with zebra mussels. Their other barges have already been pressure washed with the zebra mussels left at Kuhlman’s to dry and disintegrate into their gravel lot.

Iowa law makes it illegal to 1) possess, introduce, purchase, sell, propagate, or transport aquatic invasive species in Iowa, 2) place a trailer or launch a watercraft with aquatic invasive species attached in public waters, and 3) operate a watercraft in a marked aquatic invasive species infestation.

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