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EASTER LAKE: Water Improvement Plan

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The public is invited to an open house about a plan to help improve water quality at Easter Lake in Des Moines.

The lake, which was built in 1967, has suffered from poor quality for several years because of runoff from the 6.500 acre watershed. Over the years, the size of the lake has been reduced by nearly 48 acres because of the dirt and sediment brought along with the runoff.

Algae blooms and low clarity of the water are also problems at the lake. Because of elevated bacteria levels swimming advisories have been posted at the lake.

A plan to improve the quality of the water at Easter Lake has been drafted and an open house is being held October 4th to present the plan and get public input. The open house is being held at the Southside Senior Center at 100 Payton Avenue from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Presentations on the water quality management plan are scheduled for 6:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.