Storm Lake, IA (KICD)--Governor Branstad has proposed a drastic slashing of funding to the state's lake restoration budget.
The city of Storm Lake would be hit hard under this proposal potentially losing out on $600,000-$750,000, down to $250,000, for their long term dredging project. Mayor Jon Kruse tells KICD News the project started 10 years ago in an effort to get Storm Lake off of the state's impaired waters list.
Branstad would like to cut the lake restoration budget from the normal sum of $6 million to $1 million for fiscal year 2014 with plans in place for the funding to go back to normal the following fiscal year.
The Iowa DNR's request of $1 million for dredging at Storm Lake would be cut to $250,000 under Brantad's proposed budget. Other are projects that could be affected include dredging and watershed improvements at Five Island Lake in Emmetsburg being funded at $200,000, which represents half of the DNR's asking and no funding for watershed improvement work at Center Lake, Marble Lake, and Hottes Lake in Dickinson County.