- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

PALO, Iowa (AP) - State wildlife officials are planning to lower the water level of a Linn County lake next month to allow for work to improve its shoreline.

The proposal for the project at Pleasant Creek Lake, where part of the shoreline is eroding, has been awaiting approval for over two decades, said Paul Sleeper, a state fisheries management biologist. The lake was created in 1978, when there wasn’t enough funding to rock the shoreline, he said.

Next month, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to begin lowering the lake’s level by 12 to 15 feet, which will allow crews to easily access the lake and fix the shoreline.

Work on the lake will include putting rocks onto the shoreline, adding fish jetties and restoring fish habitat, KCRG-TV (https://bit.ly/1MexukF ) reported. But the largest component of the project is fixing four miles of shoreline that’s in bad condition.

“This area right here probably fell off this spring or last year. It’ll fall off, it’ll slowly erode, the next year another piece, another piece will go off. It slowly gets worse and worse,” Sleeper said of Pleasant Creek Lake’s crumbling shoreline.

The project will improve the lake’s water quality and create more areas for fishing on the shoreline, Sleeper said.

The work is a part of an estimated $3.5 million project to restore the lake and will be paid for using state tax dollars. It’s expected to be completed by spring.

Pleasant Creek Lake will remain open to the public while work is ongoing.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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