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High water levels in 2018 promoted the Iowa Great Lakes Association (IGLA) to engage the University of Iowa’s Institute on Hydroscience & Engineering Department’s Dr. Larry Weber to evaluate and present options to prevent further devastation to the environment, personal property and the recreation/tourism industry that drives the economy of Dickinson County. 

Four high water solutions will be presented and discussed on Wednesday, June 26th at 1:30 pm the public is invited to the Sami Bedell Center for Performing Arts in Spirit Lake. The four (4) proposed solutions cost, implementation time and effect on water levels will be presented.     

The University of Iowa’s comprehensive analysis of our watershed’s flooding history and recommendations for preventative measures Dickinson County can and should implement to prevent further devastation to our natural resources and local economy.  Both the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors and City of Milford are able to implement change, and your support and attendance at the June 26th presentation is imperative.

On Wednesday, May 29th the Iowa Great Lakes area were a mere 3-inches from a No Wake Zone.  While the No Wake Zone makes for a calm lake, it also drives people away from Iowa’s #1 vacation destination, thus keeping hotel rooms vacant, seats at restaurants empty, lower attendance at area amusements and a direct hit to the marine industries.

As a nonprofit 501(c)4 organization IGLA lobbies and seeks legal action when the Iowa Great Lakes are threatened.  Visit and our social media platforms to learn more (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter).

For interviews, please contact Tom Clary of Clary Lake Service at 712-338-2652 or IGLA President Bill VanOrsdel at 512-240-2713