Posted at: 09/27/2012 10:54 AM
Updated at: 09/27/2012 10:56 AM
The Shell Rock River Watershed District Makes Big Investment
(ABC 6 News) - The Shell Rock River Watershed District is moving forward with its Water Management Plan.
The district purchased a 51-foot hydraulic dredge at a Ritchie Brothers auction in Owatonna. The dredge will be used to remove sediment from Fountain and Albert Lea Lakes. The dredge, along with pumps, piping and other necessary equipment cost $340,000.
According to Board Chair Clayton Petersen, “The availability of this dredge so close to home and at a value was certainly a unique opportunity we felt compelled to pursue.”
“Now that we have a dredge, we have made a clear statement that we are starting the next step – sediment removal and lake restoration," says District Administrator Brett Behnke. "While this process will continue to take a long time, we are thrilled to have taken this huge step in that direction.”
The District is scheduled to meet on October 1st at 8:30 am at the Freeborn Room to coordinate the details of transporting and storing the dredge and equipment.