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Lake Delhi restoration another step closer to completion

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DELAWARE COUNTY (KWWL) - The restoration of Lake Delhi is another step closer to completion.

Heavy rains in July of 2010 caused the Lake Delhi dam to fail, sending the water and much of its contents - including boat lifts and recreational watercraft - crashing down the Maquoketa River.

Steve Leonard is president of the Lake Delhi Combined Recreational Facility and Water Quality District's board of trustees.

On Friday, Leonard announced the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved the group's application for a flood plain permit to reconstruct and maintain the dam. This is the permit required for the final phase of the two-phase dam reconstruction and lake restoration.

The Iowa DNR denied the group's permit request in 2012, citing inadequacies in the plan when it came to water quality and public access to the lake. The decision sent the group back to the drawing board, which, eventually, brought them to this week's success.

The DNR's permit is necessary to begin construction on phase two, which includes the required public access points.
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