PHOTO GALLERY: Friends Group Working to Clean Up Beeds Lake

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HAMPTON, Iowa — Friends of Beeds Lake held their annual omelet breakfast as a fundraiser to help improve the lake on Sunday.

Signs at the lake beech warn swimmers to swim at their own risk, and not to drink the water, due to levels of E coli bacteria. The lake has been monitored for the bacteria since 2000.

“It’s kind of back hidden away, our tiny little corner of heaven,” said Megan Donaldson, of the Friends of Beeds Lake group.

The Friends of Beeds Lake Group was formed in 1992 as a way to try to improve the lake. The group has studied the watershed of rivers and creeks flowing into Beeds. The group has received great cooperation from farmers in the area to work toward curbing runoff from farms. They also have been meeting with the Department of Natural Resources.

At the Beeds Lake Omelet Friends Omelet Breakfast, people came all morning long for their chance to enjoy a beautiful breakfast on the lake.

“I love the lake, I want to see more people out here enjoying it,” Donaldson said. “I want to see people fishing, I want to see people swimming out here, that would be wonderful.”