DNR will lower level of southern Iowa lake

ALBIA, Iowa (AP) — Lake Miami in southern Iowa will be lowered in August in an effort to deal with water quality problems and improve fishing.

The Department of Natural Resources says in a news release the lake northwest of Albia will be lowered by 6 feet to “eliminate the unbalanced fish population.”

The DNR also plans to work with the Department of Agriculture and other organizations to identify sources of sediment that pour into the lake from public and private land, worsening the lake’s water quality.

Fisheries biologist Mark Flammang says that by 2016, officials expect the 122-acre lake to offer good fishing for bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish.

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