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The Iowa Great Lakes Association is committed to the Lakes area and its watershed. We promote environmental improvements and are an active influence in promotion for environmental health and quality-of-life in the Iowa Great Lakes.

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Okoboji lakes continue battle against Zebra Mussels

March 21, 2016
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Zebra Mussels continue to reproduce in the Iowa Great Lakes area, with evidence surfacing as lake residents work with their docks this spring. The first Zebra Mussels were discovered in the Okoboji area in the fall of 2012. Since then, the population continues to grow, with no known resource for eradication. Mike Hawkins of the…

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Ice Out!

March 17, 2016
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The ice is out of all the lakes in Okoboji. This spring’s ice out is good 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. Want more proof – watch Kirk Stauss’s annual “ice out” announcement here – http://link2.bblink.co/bbext/?p=land&id=2E3168363D355322E0530100007F15A5&vid=ece91fc2-e3a1-4992-8d35-d7499f326cac

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Curly Pond Weed infests East Lake Okoboji

March 10, 2016
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Although Curly Pond Weed has been around the Iowa Great Lakes for years, it is now spreading rapidly on the north end of East Lake Okoboji. It is an Aquatic Invasive Species that has crowded out native plants. Because of its thickness and rapid growth…

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Zebra Mussel Update- Fall 2015

November 3, 2015
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As the Iowa Great Lakes area continues to see growth in the Zebra Mussel population, a report surfaced recently of failed eradication efforts at Christmas Lake, Minnesota. The failed effort…

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Groundwater Loading of Nitrate-Nitrogen and Phosphorus to West Lake Okoboji

October 13, 2015
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An educational meeting will be held on October 27th at 2:00 PM to discuss groundwater loading to West Okoboji. Keith Schilling, a research scientist from the Iowa Geological Survey at…

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Iowa Great Lakes featured in Discover Iowa article

October 1, 2015
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The Iowa Great Lakes area has been featured on BLT: The Blog for Lifestyle & Travel's blog as one of the 50 things you need to experience in Iowa. It's…

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