(Elliott) The City of Elliott is inviting the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for their wetland restoration project.
Steve Howell says the city started noticing a rise in the nitrate levels of their water ten years ago. As the levels continued to climb, a team involving the Iowa DNR, NRCS, and citizens of Elliott got together to evaluate their options.
"We had many meetings and after they did the study, the drilling and found the source point, we had an existing wetlands out there the grass and the stuff that was in the wetlands out there was sucking up the nitrates so we decided to extend that."
Extending the wetland also turned out to be more cost effective compared to a nitrate removal machine.
The groundbreaking celebration will be held October 11th from 1:30 to 2:30 north of the Elliott Elementary School.