Little Sioux Headwaters Coalition About To Hold Its First Meeting
(Spirit Lake)-- The Little Sioux Headwaters Coalition is moving forward. Its the result of action taken by the Iowa Legislature that allows the formation of watershed management areas around the state. John Wills of the Cleanwater Alliance says the coalition consists of several cities in western Dickinson county along with the county itself...
"Basically the project area will be Silver Lake, the Little Sioux, and the Iowa Great Lakes, so it will form all of that area together, and we can now apply for grants and different kinds of funding sources that will be able to work the entire area versus just one area, a small area or a large area, and it will allow the organizations to plan together versus independently. In my mind it's kind of a step forward or a movement forward from what the Cleanwater Alliance is. It's just adding more formality and more direction to the Cleanwater Alliance."
Wills says it will also open the door for cooperation with the state of Minnesota...
"There is a way that we could do a legal kind of formation with Minnesota. I don't know that that's necessary, it will be up to the board to decide once it's fully formed. But I think that for sure what we can do is definitely work with them across the boundaries and work together. They're excited, I've talked with them and verbally they've expressed interest in working together and so that's going to be a big thing."
The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) appointed Board Chairman Bill Leupold to serve as the county's representative on the Little Sioux Headwaters Coalition, with supervisor Pam Jordan as an alternate.
The coalition will hold its first meeting July 25th at Lakeside Lab. Wills says the group will adopt bylaws and elect officers during that meeting.