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Water Testing Begins at Ada Hayden

Post Date:05/19/2017 5:00 PM

The Water and Pollution Control Department is working with the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL), based in Iowa City, to perform water quality monitoring at Ada Hayden Heritage Park. The in-depth monitoring of the lake began this week and will continue for the summer.

Ada Hayden Lake is used recreationally for fishing and non-motorized boating. The lake also acts as an indirect water source for the Ames Water Plant in times of extreme drought. The last in-depth examination of the lake’s health was conducted in the summers of 2009 and 2010. City staff recommends monitoring be performed every five to seven years.

Staff has worked with SHL previously for analysis related to drinking water and wastewater. SHL will conduct testing in 2017 and 2018.

Ada Hayden Park users may notice SHL staff members in the area, equipment in and around the lake, and other types of monitoring activity. None of the monitoring should affect residents’ use or enjoyment of the area.

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