(Des Moines) The efforts of Iowans in 2013 to improve Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams have resulted in success stories across the state, and more efforts are underway for 2013. Working with groups statewide, including the Iowa DNR’s Watershed Improvement Program, has helped to improve Green Valley Lake near Creston, as one example.
According to the report; Green Valley Lake is seeing increased park use, better fishing and more following a watershed project there. The project focused on work in the lake to improve habitat and water quality, but also worked with local landowners and in the park to make improvements to how water ran over the land and into the lake. Work in the watershed resulted in keeping 3,402 tons of sediment out of the 338-acre lake each year – that’s enough to fill a line of dump trucks a mile long. Ice fishing is up 20 times over historic levels and the campground on the lake has seen a 25 percent increase in use.
DNR Officials state that the future is pretty bright for Green Valley Lake.
February 2, 2014