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County supervisors authorize environmental study of Silver Lake


Leaders from two northwest Iowa counties have approved an environmental study of a lake that's filling up with hundreds of tons of silt and chemicals, every year.

Silver Lake sits in Dickinson County, but the drainage ditch, which feeds into the lake, comes from Osceola County. That's why supervisors, from both counties, met Thursday to take action to save the lake.

Dickinson County Supervisor Paul Johnson says the lake is in bad shape, and will only get worse if nothing is done, now.

Paul Johnson, Dickinson County supervisor, said, "It's at a point now where, in the summer months, that odor is so strong that people can't sit on their decks along the lakeshore. People can't enjoy the beautiful park. They can't fish the lake, and they can't eat fish that come out of the lake."

When the environmental study is returned, Johnson says supervisors will have three choices. They can put the cost of fixing the lake onto local taxpayers. Supervisors can look to other agencies to help pay much of the cost. Or, they can do nothing at all.

Johnson won't support sticking taxpayers with the bill. And, he says doing nothing isn't an option. Paul Johnson, Dickinson County supervisor, said, "The lake will get worse than what it is now. People will begin to sell their homes, and move out of town. Theyll take their kids out of school. The economy will start collapsing in Lake Park. And, the price of property values will start collapsing."

The environmental study should be done by August.

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