DNR: An Aquatic Invasive Species Has Found Its Way Into The Iowa Great Lakes

BigHead Carp Caught in East Okoboji Lake Tuesday August 9, 2011 The DNR issued this news release on Tuesday SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has verified the presence of bighead carp in East Okoboji Lake after two fish were collected Tuesday during the DNR’s annual fish sampling effort. Bighead carp, … Read more

Lower Gar Culverts Installed None Too Soon!

Lower Gar Culverts Installed None Too Soon! July 9th, 2011 With lake levels extremely high, flooding all over the Midwest and more rain projected for the summer, IGLA can claim a victory that the two additional box culverts are now installed under 230th Avenue east of Milford. Over the course of the past few years … Read more

Interns Being Utilized For AIS Awareness At Lakes Area Boat Ramps

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 (Wahpeton)– Efforts to try to keep aquatic invasive species out of the Iowa Great Lakes are once again underway this season. Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says some college students are spending some of their weekends this summer at some of the heaviest used … Read more

High Levels Of Fecal Bacteria Turn Up At Lakes Area Beach

Monday, July 04, 2011 (Wahpeton)– A beach in the Iowa Great Lakes is one of six state park beaches in the state with high levels of fecal bacteria. Samples collected last week turned up high levels of the bacteria at Emerson Bay on West Lake Okoboji. A safety warning sign has been posted at the … Read more

New State Law Aims to Slow Spread of Invasive Species

June 6, 2011 Lake Minnetonka Patch Legislation aimed at strengthening Minnesota’s ability to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species was signed into law last week by Gov. Mark Dayton. The new law received bipartisan support in the Legislature. New measures call for more thorough watercraft inspections and stronger regulations to prohibit the transportation of … Read more

JOINT LETTER – LAKE PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATIONS

June 3, 2010 The Honorable Terry Branstad Governor of Iowa 1007 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50319 Dear Governor Branstad: There is a very serious water safety concern on the Iowa Great Lakes. The purpose of this letter is to make you aware of the problem and ask for your help to solve the … Read more

Protecting the Iowa Great Lakes from Aquatic Invasive Species

June 3, 2011 Our lakes continue to be free of Aquatic Invasive Species and it is up to each of us to keep it that way.  Eurasian watermilfoil creates a thick mat of weeds that chokes a lake making boating, fishing, and swimming difficult. Zebra mussels multiple very rapidly to quickly cover docks, hoists, and … Read more

West Okoboji, Big Spirit on new impaired waters list

Small streams and some of the most popular destinations in the Iowa Great Lakes found their way on Iowa’s 2010 list of impaired waters, according to John Olson, the DNR’s specialist on water quality assessments. That doesn’t mean swimmers should abandon Emerson Bay, where higher-than-acceptable bacteria levels were once measured on West Lake Okoboji. That … Read more

IGLA donates $2300.00 to Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue For New Sonar

For immediate release The Arnolds Park – Okoboji Fire and Rescue Department is proud to announce that they have received a donation of $2300 from the Iowa Great Lakes Association to purchase a new Side Imaging Sonar unit. Until this donation there has only been one Side Imaging Sonar unit in the Iowa Great Lakes Region and that … Read more

A Threat Hard to Imagine

By Phil Petersen It is hard to imagine a biological threat to the Iowa Great Lakes so damaging that modern science couldn’t fix.  That is the situation we face with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).  These invaders can sneak in silently and immediately begin to take over.  They have no native enemies and can grow very rapidly.  … Read more