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Conservation Board lends support to east fork watershed

By Staff | Jul 2, 2010

WALLINGFORD – The Emmet County Conservation Board in its monthly meeting Thursday lent its support to efforts of the Tuttle Lake watershed project.

Seana Godbold, watershed coordinator, told the board about her efforts to bring together a consortium of interested parties for protection of the east fork watershed. The compact includes agencies in both Iowa and Minnesota with a common interest is improving water quality in Tuttle Lake and its watershed.

Godbold said Tuttle Lake Outreach Day will be held 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 22 at the Estherville Public Library. The program will include issues in farmable wetlands, a wellhead protection plan for Dolliver and discussion of interagency cooperation in preserving the Des Moines River east fork watershed.

In other business, the board agreed to take written bids for a 1996 Jeep Cherokee with 130,000 miles. Bids may be submitted to the Emmet County Nature Center, 2303 450th Av., Wallingford, IA 51365. Bids must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, July 9.

The board also agreed to make an offer on purchase of a newer used vehicle for Anita Fisher, naturalist.

The board agreed with a suggestion by Eric Anderson, board director, to increase from $15 to $20 the camp fee for 50-amp camping units at Wolden Campground. Fees for 30 amp pads will remain $15. Tent fees are $10.

In the camping report for the fiscal year ended June 30, Anderson noted a yearly total of $64,208.50 in camping receipts.

Anderson noted some storm damage to trees at Iowa Lake last Saturday.