KLEMME, Iowa – Several state and federal agencies collaborated with Hancock County residents on Wednesday to discuss the state of Eldred Sherwood Lake near Klemme.
The lake has a massive algae bloom covering much of the water — something they considered in forming a community watershed group focused on water quality issues.
Those with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say reducing the amount of phosphorus in the lake by 50 percent would have a huge impact on how much and how often the lake has an algae bloom.
“Depending on the time of year, the wind, rainfall, temperature and all sorts of other variables, there can be an excessive harmful algae bloom,” says Andrew Frana, environmental engineer with the Iowa DNR. “We are going community to community and working with active communities to work on water quality.”