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Lake Delhi moves forward

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DELHI (KWWL)-- An environmental subcommittee of the Lake Delhi Task Force are met Friday. Subcommittee members discussed long-term and community planning efforts. They are also talking about preventing future flooding and improving water quality

"Move forward in a planful and effective way to make sure good solutions are found for the future," said Pat Boddy, Interim DNR Director.

One question on many people's minds is, of course, how high to rebuild their homes along the river.

"So right now we are looking at 2010 plus a foot is what we would say that is an entity were damaged at greater then 50 percent they would need to be at that elevation," said Boddy.

The DNR says this is an extremely conservative answer, but in time they hope to make revision.

Another suggestion the DNR has made is to implement three riffles or wedges in the river to slow down unwanted sediment.

"The river bottem wants to try and go back to its natural state. It keeps turning up more sediment and works up and creates more gullies so we have a lot of sediment moving down stream. It is bad for people upstream and people having their soil lost down stream," said Boddy.

The task force hopes to have recommendations in by December 1st.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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