Alexandria's Lake Ida gets $288K grant

The grant will help protect water quality in this popular fishing and boating lake in Douglas County.

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Sunset on Lake Ida. (File photo)
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Expect to see more projects near Lake Ida next year, as the county has received just under $288,000 in state grants to continue work to protect the waters of the clear, deep lake.

It was one of three grants awarded by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, which approved $12.7 million in Clean Water Fund grants to improve water quality in streams, lakes and groundwater across the state.

The Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District told the state that demand for lake protection projects surpassed the amount of money it had received in a previous grant.

It plans to use this grant to reduce sediment to Lake Ida by 361 tons per year and total phosphorus by 343 pounds per year to meet watershed goals for the lake of reducing sediment by 10% and total phosphorus by 300 pounds.

Projects will include seven shoreline restorations, two gully fixes, three water and sediment control basins, one terrace, one manure storage practice and 10 alternative tile intakes.


Funding comes from the state's Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by voters in 2008.

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