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Iowans prepare for Labor Day trips during pandemic

KCCI Des Moines

Date: 9/4/2020 3:40:00 PM

KCCI’S MARCUS MCINTOSH SPOKE TO MANY PEOPLE WHOSE HOLIDAY HAS ALREADY STARTED. HE IS AT SAYLORVILLE LAKE. MARCUS EVERYONE WE SPOKE WITH SAYS THE FACT THAT THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR LABOR

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Iowans prepare for Labor Day trips during pandemic

KCCI Des Moines on MSN.com

Date: 9/4/2020 3:35:00 PM

The Polk County Health Department warning Iowans on Friday not to drop pandemic precautions over Labor Day weekend

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Des Moines River 'Essentially Unusable' For Drinking Water Due To Algae Toxins

Patch

Date: 9/4/2020 5:55:00 AM

Corrigan suspects the blue-green algae, known as cyanobacteria, that emit the toxins are forming at Saylorville Lake. That is an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood-control reservoir north of Des

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Trump supporters in Iowa plan MAGA boat parades

The Courier

Date: 9/2/2020 12:30:00 AM

President Donald Trump’s fans are taking to the water this weekend to show their support for his re-election with boat parades on Coralville Lake and the Mississippi River

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[Video] See How Easily You Can ‘Clean, Drain, Dry” Your Wakeboat

BoatUS News

Date: 9/2/2020

SPRINGFIELD, Va., September 2, 2020 – A new video from Wildlife Forever, funded in part by a BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grant shows watersport boat owners how to easily follow “Clean, Drain, Dry” at the boat ramp to help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Support for the video

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• River: Des Moines River
• Surface Area: 5,950 Acres
• Length: 54 Miles
Saylorville Lake is a reservoir on the Des Moines River in Iowa. It is located 11 miles upstream from the city of Des Moines, and 214 miles from the mouth of the Des Moines River at the Mississippi River. It was constructed as part of a flood control system for the Des Moines River as well as to aid in controlling flood crests on the Mississippi, of which the Des Moines is a tributary.

At its normal level of 836 feet above sea level, Saylorville Lake covers an area of 5,950 acres or 9.3 square miles and reaches some 17 miles upstream. At full flood stage the lake can reach 16,700 acres or 26.1 square miles and reach 54 miles long. At this point any further flow into the lake is channelled over an emergency spillway to the west of the main dam structure. The record high stage for the reservoir was 892.03 feet above sea level set on July 11, 1993 during the Great Flood of 1993.

Construction of the Saylorville Dam was authorized by Congress in 1958. Excavation began at the site in July 1965, becoming fully operational in September 1977. The dam itself is 6,750 feet long, 105 feet tall, and 44 feet wide at the top.
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