A diagnostic feasibility study (DFS) for both North and South Twin Lake has been discussed for some time. This study is the starting point in lake restoration towards a cleaner lake system. The study is in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR will contract a work plan with Iowa State University to complete a water quality management plan, statement of probable costs and serve as project manager. The study period is scheduled from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2015.
ISU will coordinate State and local goals by working with a DNR-established Technical Advisory Team (TAT) and a Steering Committee of interested parties and key stakeholders. The tasks of the TAT and steering committee will include identification of restoration alternatives, identification of the locations of diverse information sources, liaison with stakeholder groups, and the evaluation of restoration means and endpoints. We are looking for representatives from every possible stakeholder group (e.g., recreational boater, angler, hunter, landowner/farmer in the watershed, lake home homeowner, camper, etc.) We really want to make sure that we address concerns from all stakeholders groups. Being a member of the steering committee would take a commitment of time since they need to be willing to attend some meetings, and that they will be willing to help provide information to other stakeholders. A steering committee will be formed after the first of two public meetings to engage all stakeholders in development of the Water Quality Management Plan. Public input is encouraged through this procedure.
This study is just a starting point. We don’t know what the outcome may be. No state or federal funding would be spent on Twin Lakes projects without this study.Twin Lakes Restoration Association