A 500-thousand-dollar anonymous donation to the Lake Preservation Association will help pay for dredging on Storm Lake. Association vice president Margaret Redenbaugh says the gift will ensure they reach the goal of dramatically improving water quality in Storm Lake for generations to come.
Redenbaugh says they hope to use the gift to leverage more giving and to demonstrate they’re a partnership dedicated to raising the needed money to do the job right. Association president Gary LaLonne was thrilled with the six-figure donation and says it will enable work on the big project to continue.
The gift brings total private fund-raising to over one-point-three million dollars. The dredging project has also received considerable funds from the state and federal governments, along with the cities of Storm Lake and Lakeside and Buena Vista County. This year’s dredging work is expected to cost about 900-thousand dollars. The dredging project began on Storm Lake in 2003.