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Dredging project continues to restore Storm Lake

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These dredges are working to restore a natural sandy bottom to Storm Lake. These dredges are working to restore a natural sandy bottom to Storm Lake.
STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) -

Over the years, Storm Lake has accumulated a lot of silt from run-off flowing from nearby fields.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say that has made the bottom of the lake a lot muddier, and a lot less sandy.

Now, if you look in the middle of Storm Lake, you'll find the "dredge" that's slowly pulling silt from the lake bottom.

A long pipe sends the silt to shore, thus helping restore the water to a more natural and clearer state. DNR officials say it's a great way to bring the lake back to its natural beauty, and bring a lot of tourists back to the area.

"That benefits the fishery; it's better for fish production. It brings a lot more people in to go boating and jet-skiing, things like that as well," said Brent Koppie, state conservation officer for the Iowa DNR.

Koppie says the goal is to have the lake back to its original depths when the dredging progress is completed. That may not be for several years.

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