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Clear Lake Enhancement and Restoration Project

Welcome to the CLEAR project.  The CLEAR Project is a community led initiative to improve the water quality of Clear Lake, north central Iowa's most important natural and recreational resource. In 2001, Iowa State University completed a comprehensive water quality analysis of Clear Lake along with suggested restoration alternatives. Many of those restoration activities have now been completed and the CLEAR Project is currently focusing on implementing activities developed in the 2011 Clear Lake Watershed Management Plan. Since that time, the CLEAR Project has been focusing on implementing lake and watershed improvements outlined in the study. Click here to see a list of some of the restoration achievements.

Dredging of Clear Lake and Ventura Marsh Restoration..

While installation of conservation practices in the watershed continues, restoration activities in Clear Lake and Ventura Marsh are also being completed.  The groundwork for the Clear Lake dredging project began in 2006 when a large scale effort by local leaders was made to secure a total of $13 million in state, local government, and private funding for water quality improvements. Lake Dredging began in the summer of 2008 and was completed in the fall of 2009. Another vital part of the Clear Lake restoration plan is improving Ventura Marsh. The primary feature of the Ventura Marsh Project is a pumping station that allows for water level control of the marsh to increase vegetation and reduce carp populations. Construction of the project features began in 2010 and were completed in the fall of 2011.

An opportunity to become involved.. 

There are several Lake-Friendly Actions you can take on your own property to improve the water quality of Clear Lake. If you live in town, consider planting a Rain Garden and use zero phosphorus lawn fertilizer. If you live outside of town, use conservation tillage and consider enrolling in a CRP program. If your property is located in the Clear Lake watershed, cost share funding may be available to you for these practices.

    You are encouraged to take action by joining the Association for the Preservation of Clear Lake to learn more about how you can get involved in lake restoration efforts.

CLEAR Project  ~  PO Box 863  ~  Clear Lake, IA 50428  ~  641-923-2837 Ext.3