Clean-Up Day 2022

Lake Manawa 17th Annual All-Volunteer Clean-Up Day! We will let you know in the spring of 2022 when we will have our annual clean -up. For more information: Friends of Lake Manawa (712) 308-1921 friendsoflakemanawa@gmail.com No sign-up or registration necessary, please come help clean up the...

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Dredging Project Update

Dredging Update. George Antoniou, Lake Restoration Program Coordinator IDNR, recently (10/13/2021) provided to FOLM: He reported that spoils from the Dredge have been contracted to the City for work on the levees through 2023. They are nearly removed now. At present no further dredging is scheduled. Plans for Phase 3 are uncertain at this time. So far more than one-million cubic yards of material has been removed. 30 acres of American Lotus have been sprayed by a private contractor with good...

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Pelicans

The Friends of Lake Manawa received questions and concerns about the potential impact of pelicans on the Lake Manawa fishery, so we asked Bryan Hayes, the Fisheries Biologist for the DNR who manages our lake, here is his response: “White pelicans migrate through Iowa every year on the way to nesting locations to the north. Their diet is primary fish. They are part of the food web/nature. The exact impact on local fish populations is unknown. Question about pelican impacts on fish populations are not unique to Lake Manawa. On an annual basis the DNR monitors the fish population at Manawa. By the numbers gizzard shad out numbered the game fish (crappies, bass, walleye, wipers) by far. There was a big shad hatch last year. Shad are the most available fish for the pelicans. Not to say they don’t eat some game fish. They are opportunistic. White pelicans are federally protected migratory birds.” He provided a similar response last year when we reported our membership’s concern about the “midnight raids” by pelicans in the...

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