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Lake Manawa Improvements

Postby icejammer » Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:01 pm

Water quality study to examine Manawa

This summer will see the beginning of improvements made in the water quality of Lake Manawa.

First, the United States Geological Service will conduct a study to determine why some lake water is seeping into Indian Creek, and on to the Missouri River, and how that seepage can be reduced. . . .

Reducing seepage into Indian Creek would improve water levels and reduce the lake's reliance on receiving water from Mosquito Creek, officials said at a public meeting Wednesday evening. . . .

When the study is completed later in the summer, it will be included in a much larger study to determine feasible improvements. . . .

A main focus of that study will be to determine dredging potential in the lake. . . .

The ability to dredge the lake is something the Iowa Department of Transportation wants to know. The IDOT has expressed interest in dredging the lake for the sand on the bottom to be used in future highway projects. However, the sand is covered by other materials, not usable for the DOT, which could make dredging tricky.

If dredging were feasible it would reduce the DOT's cost of purchasing needed sand, while helping to deepen the lake. Currently, the average depth of Lake Manawa is just six feet.

"We would like to deepen it three or four feet," McGhee said.

A deeper lake also means more water clarity.

"We want to triple our water clarity," McGhee said.
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Postby icejammer » Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:58 pm

Tetra Tech will sponsor a public meeting on the proposed Lake Manawa dredge project at the Western Historic Trails Center beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Tetra Tech was contracted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to perform a diagnostic and feasibility study with the overall objective to determine the most effective methods of improving the water quality of the lake.
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Postby icejammer » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:57 am

High hopes for Manawa

Environmental officials and Lake Manawa area residents are working to get the lake off an unflattering list.

“Lake Manawa is on Iowa’s impaired waters list, and the reason is that it is not fully supporting its intended use, which is for recreation,” said Danelle Schmielau, project coordinator for the West Pottawattamie Soil and Water Conservation District. . . .

A major reason for Lake Manawa being under-utilized, Schmielau said, is the large amount of sediment and nutrients that flows into the lake with stormwater runoff. That results in growth of unwanted algae which discourages many from boating or fishing. . . .
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Re: Lake Manawa Improvements

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:44 am

The campground at Lake Manawa is now closed (sounds like it is closed for good with plans for a day-use facility replacing it), dredging for the lake has begun.

Manawa camp project hits snag; lake dredging effort underway
A second phase of the plan, renovating the parks’ campsites, has been under discussion by officials of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources parks division for more than 15 years. Most recently, those discussions centered around creating 51 full-hookup campsites on the park’s north side to replace the 73 campsites – about half of which offered electricity – on the south side of the lake.
The park’s website notes that the existing camping area was closed on Nov. 1, 2015, “until further notice.” Those calling the park currently are greeted by a message stating, “Lake Manawa no longer offers camping facilities.”
Lake Manawa State Park’s park manager, Dan Jacobs, said early plans had called for closing the campground on the south side of the park and building a new campground on the park’s north side that could be reached using the South 11th Street entrance. At one point, the plan called for as many as 100 campsites and up to four cabins in the relocated site, with work to be completed in 2012.

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Re: Lake Manawa Improvements

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:03 pm

New Lake Manawa playground might be a dream come true

A good portion of the original playground will remain, allowing for a “mix of old and new” in the overall design, Sehn said.

The new section will be placed on the playground’s left side with the Gold Rush Trail leading kids into the play area. Off to one side will be an elephant sitting on a “lake” with little ones able to sit inside and even slide on its trunk.

Nearby, a train structure will be installed to honor the starting point of the Union Pacific Railroad. A short distance away, the Lewis & Clark Trail will take kids on a historic journey with the replica of a boat used by those explorers, located near a bridge to structures from the early days of downtown Council Bluffs.

There will also be plenty of monkey bars, swings, seesaws, rock and rope climbing features and even a tightrope walking feature.

Play By Design staff will now compile a list of needed materials, followed by committee efforts in seeking donated items and funds. The plan is to build it in just six days and be ready for fun next spring, Shields said.


Glad to see the original Dream Playground being updated.

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Re: Lake Manawa Improvements

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:17 pm

Brought this rendering over from Coyote's post in another CB thread.

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Latest is that they anticipate starting construction on May 11th, 2018 and opening it a week or two later.


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