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Water Quality Monitoring Buoys Placed in 16 Iowa Lakes

DES MOINES – Iowa State University has begun installing water quality monitoring equipment in 16 Iowa lakes to collect data during the 2012 ice-free season that will help identify what factors lead up to harmful algal blooms, which is a major water quality impairment for Iowa lakes.

The study is being conducted in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  Hazard buoys mark the location of the equipment, which is beneath the water surface and officials are asking the public to not disturb the buoys.

The following lakes will be part of the monitoring study:

Arrowhead Lake, Sac
Badger Lake, Webster
Beeds Lake, Franklin
Big Spirit Lake, Dickinson
Black Hawk Lake, Sac
Center Lake, Dickinson
East Lake, Clarke
Five Island Lake, Palo Alto
George Wyth Lake, Black Hawk
Lake Keomah, Mahaska
Lake Orient, Adair
Lower Gar Lake, Dickinson
Rock Creek Lake, Jasper
Silver Lake, Palo Alto
Silver Lake, Dickinson
Springbrook Lake, Guthrie

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