Construction has started on the two fishing jetties located on the north end of Hickory Grove Lake by the Breezy Bay Campground.
Jensen Excavating, Inc. began work on the jetty improvements on Tuesday, May 29. The contractor will excavate and remove the existing Geoweb® from the jetties and replace it with larger rip-rap (erosion stone) and lower the outside edges of the jetties, making the surface closer to normal water level.
The jetties were built below the campground in 1995. Geoweb® was used around the perimeter of the jetties to hold the rock and allow easier access for anglers. It was effective for several years, but rock began to erode over time. Story County Conservation has refilled the cells on several occasions, but the erosion continued.
Story County Conservation Ranger Dustin Eighmy said these improvements will give anglers easier access to the lake, stabilize the jetties, and prevent future erosion.
“The rip-rap will improve fish habitat, offering large crevices for fish to feed and for younger fish to hide,” Eighmy said. “The improvements will restore the jetties to a ‘like-new’ condition and enhance safety for anglers who wish to use the jetties.”
Story County Conservation was awarded a Fish Habitat Grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in April 2011. The grant is funding the jetty improvements project.
For more information about this or other projects, contact the Story County Conservation Center at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.storycountyiowa.gov/conservation.
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