Lake Kampeska Water Project District
Flood Prevention Efforts
The building of a dam structure on the Big Sioux River north of Watertown is still in the planning stages. The Lake Kampeska Water Project District has played a key role in moving the project forward. The Army Corps of Engineers is waiting for federal funding to complete its analysis. The dam will be designed to always allow the Big Sioux River to flow through the structure, but hold back flood waters. The backed-up water would continue to drain at full capacity until the river flow was reduced to more normal levels. This structure will provide flood protection for Lake Kampeska and the city of Watertown.
Removing the phosphates in Lake Kampeska would greatly improve the quality of the water and reduce the algae blooms which occur mid to late summer. Not only are the algae unsightly, it is also unhealthy. The Lake Kampeska Water Project District Board is continuing to examine various possibilities for its removal.
Dredging the lake is always a very popular item for discussion. While many would like to see this happen, few have all the answers. The cost of dredging the entire lake makes this idea not feasible. Targeted dredging is more feasible, but the challenge of where to deposit the dredged material is still unanswered as well as who will pay for this. The Lake Kampeska Water Project Board is still investigating these issues.
Upper Big Sioux Watershed Project
From 1998 through April, 2006, the Lake Kampeska Water Project District has funded the Upper Big Sioux Water Project with $130,102 for conservation projects. These projects have included river back stabilization, assisting in ag-waste management strategies and an assortment of other projects that have contributed to the removal of waste products from the Big Sioux River. More work is needed and the LKWPD will continue to provide financial support for this area due to the strong influence that the Big Sioux has on the water quality of Lake Kampeska.