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Emergency proclamation will allow repairs at Lake Delhi

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Gov. Chet Culver signed an emergency proclamation on Wednesday that will allow immediate work to control erosion at Lake Delhi.

Sediment that has collected on the bottom of the lake is now exposed and eroding quickly down the Maquoketa River. The proclamation will allow emergency bidding to install structures that will reduce the erosion.

Culver's office estimates the emergency stabilization project will cost about $800,000. The goal is to complete the project by the end of October.

"This is not a silver bullet, we won't suddenly have clear water in the river down below, but it is at least a start at reducing the impact of the sediment until a longer term solution can be found," Interim DNR Director Pat Boddy said in a written statement. "What we are doing to address this immediate problem of erosion does not predetermine the outcome of the work being done by the Lake Delhi Recover and Rebuild Task Force at all."

Gov. Culver established the Lake Delhi Recover and Rebuild Task Force to determine if Lake Delhi should be rebuilt. Its report is due on Dec. 1.

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