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Officials Aim To Improve Water Quality In Northwest Iowa Lake
Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources is working on finalizing a plan to improve a northwest Iowa lake plagued by poor water quality.

The 1,000-acre shallow lake engulfed by a 17,000-acre watershed struggles with water quality because the amount of land mass that surrounds it sends a lot of nutrients to the water. Severe algal blooms caused by phosphorous plague the lake over the summer and can create toxins that can be an issue for human health.

One of the solutions Bischoff mentioned is planting aquatic vegetation in the lake that will uptake the nutrients. A resident expressed concerns that having too many plants in an area of the lake would make it difficult for boaters.

 
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