Steve Reighard, Conservation officer in Dickinson County, was sworn in Tuesday by Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gathered this week in the Iowa Great Lakes area to meet with local leaders and discuss important issues relating to lake levels and invasive species.

Attendees included DNR Director Chuck Gipp, several DNR Bureau Chiefs, other local and state DNR officials, as well as Iowa Great Lakes Association Executive Director Phil Petersen. This week’s meeting was a result of a meeting a year ago when Iowa Great Lakes Association officials met with the Governor. Two issues surfaced at the meeting last year: aquatic invasive species and the lake levels. Efforts continue to address both issues.

At this week’s meeting, the officials reviewed lake drainage efforts at the Lower Gar outlet, took a look at plans for the fish barrier to protect the Lakes from Asian and Silver Carp, and heard an introduction on additional options for invasive species prevention efforts, including inspection stations at three points in the Iowa Great Lakes area.

The group also briefly discussed an upcoming public meeting on July 30 to discuss proposed changes to Iowa’s Aquatic Invasive Species law. The main changes are a requirement for boaters to drain water out of their boat and to inspect their boat and trailer for AIS prior to transport on the highway. The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Dickinson County Expo Building.

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