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Tuttle Lake watershed meeting set

By Staff | Jul 14, 2010

In an effort to improve the water quality of Tuttle Lake, currently on the DNR’s “Impaired Waters List,” the Emmet County Soil & Water Conservation District has assessed the water quality of the Tuttle Lake Watershed Area to determine its conservation needs.

The assessments involved water testing, land cover inventory, lake shore analysis, review of Time of Transfer Agreements, as well as identifying areas for potential improvements.

Based on the assessments, the district will make a recommendation of management practices and improvements to be made for the benefit of improved water quality for Tuttle Lake. This plan will provide guidance for the district and landowners when applying for funding to further assist in the implementation of conservation practices.

An outreach meeting will be held to discuss the results of the assessments, proposed mitigation techniques, funding available, and any issues or concerns of the landowners and local producers. Experienced producers will speak on behalf of the proposed management practices and potential improvements.

Such improvements aren’t geared only to the producer, but lakeshore owners will be given insightful information on what they can do to benefit Tuttle Lake as well.

The public is welcomed to attend, but the landowners and producers that fall within the boundary of the Tuttle Lake Watershed are encouraged to attend as this will directly affect funding opportunities.

This meeting will be held Thursday, July 22, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Estherville Library Community Room. A light lunch will be served to those who attend.

Please RSVP to712)-362-2883 to ensure adequate accommodations by July 20.

The district thanks the participants and partners in advance for their assistance in our efforts to conserve our local resources.

Funded by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship (IDALS) to prepare a Watershed Management Plan, Seana Godbold can be contacted at the Emmet SWCD (712)-362-2883 with any questions regarding the Tuttle Lake Watershed Project.