Funds approved for Reasoner Dam study

Humboldt County Conservation Director Todd Lee reports on cooperative projects between the state, county and private citizens and groups. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt County Conservation Board met on Tuesday, June 16, with Board members Bob Rasmussen, Tate Satern, TC Loving and Bob Moser in attendance. Board member Mary Miner was absent.
An update on the Reasoner Dam was given. After discussions with Nate Hoogeveen, of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Mimi Wagner, the project facilitator, it was decided to continue moving forward with the project, but to proceed at a slower pace due to the CO-VID pandemic.
The Board discussed a hydrological study, an informational blog and three different conceptual designs for the dam area at an approximate cost of $30,000. The conceptual designs would be based on feedback Wagner received during in-person surveys she did while visiting Humboldt this past fall and winter.
Originally, the DNR said it would fund the study and the design plans, with each plan including a cost estimate for the community to carry out. It was reported at last Tuesday’s meeting that money available to the DNR to put toward the project has been cut due to the State of Iowa’s expected budget shortfall.
After some discussion the Board unanimously agreed to contribute $7,000 toward the study, blog and design plans.
Read more about action by the Conservation Board in this week's Humboldt Independent. Your trusted source for local news and sports.

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