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FYRA Presentation On Next Step Items

April 10, 2018
Emmetsburg News

The FYRA Engineering recommendations were presented to the general public on March 7. The next step items were discussed at a joint meeting of Emmetsburg's Watershed Advisory Committee (WAC) and Technical Advisory Team (TAT) held March 20 at The Shores.

Mike Sotak, engineer with FYRA Engineering, facilitated the meeting.

"We are addressing the watershed, not just the lake," Sotak told the group of over 40 Emmetsburg area residents attending the meeting.

The five topics presented by FYRA:

Watershed Coordinator

Watershed Coordinator - The DNR will look for opportunities for multiple projects to share in the potential hiring of a watershed coordinator. The coordinator would help implement watershed better management practices (BMPs) in the watershed. This would maintain and build momentum in the watershed for improving conservation practices.

Implement Watershed BMPs

Implementation of Watershed BMPs The local NRCS office is available to discuss program funding available to implement conservation practices in the watershed immediately. This can be coupled with engaging NRCS to do some example projects that would implement some BMPs identified in the TM in the watershed as suggested by local land owners/farmers at the second WAC/TAT meeting.

Detailed Study

A more detailed study of the hydrology and hydraulics of modifying the outlet structure can be performed now to assess constructing potential outlet modifications without lowering the lake level. This would include the use of a coffer dam to perform the work and an assessment of the impact of increased releases during a drawdown.

Rough Fish

Iowa State University will be completing an assessment of rough fish in the lake. Results are planned to be released later in 2018. At that time, all recommendations presented in the TM will be re-assessed to see if any changes are warranted.

Technical Memorandum

The Technical Memorandum is in draft format, and is ready for final comments. The Technical Memorandum can be found on the City of Emmetsburg website Comments are due to FYRA Engineering on May 1, 2018.

Michael Hawkins, DNR, has offered to consult with riparian landowners on any shoreline improvements that were desired.



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