WATER QUALITY MONITORING BUOYS PLACED IN 16 IOWA LAKES
(DES MOINES) Iowa State University has begun installing water quality monitoring equipment in 16 Iowa lakes to collect data during the 2011 and 2012 ice-free seasons that will help identify what factors lead up to harmful algal blooms, which is a major water quality impairment for Iowa lakes.
Lakes in southwest Iowa that will be part of the monitoring study include Lake Orient in Adair County and Springbrook Lake in Guthrie County.
The study is being conducted in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Hazard buoys mark the location of the equipment, which is beneath the water surface and officials are asking the public to not disturb the buoys.