The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District has completed two major projects in the lakes area. Phase 1 of the Center Lake Project included installing over 17,000 feet of sewer pipe and the relocation of the Hayward Bay Lift Station. This work has closed some roads and limited access on others in Okoboji (Lakeshore Drive, Center Lake Road, Alexander Street and Nature Center Road) and on County Roads (Nature Center Road, 220th Avenue and 165th Street) for the last year. The road surfaces are all installed and open for through traffic again.
The Phase 1 of the Center Lake Project has relocated the Haywards Bay Lift Station out of the floodplain of West Okoboji, created capacity within the Sanitary District system from the City of Okoboji North and will allow for the public sewer to be expanded to the properties on the south side of Center Lake. The extension of the public sewer to the properties of Center Lake is to protect the water quality of Center Lake, by providing public sewer to allow for the removal of septic systems along 165th Street, 231st Avenue and 225th Place. The Sanitary District worked in cooperation with the City of Okoboji. Dickinson County Engineers Office, the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors and Dickinson County Conservation Board. The Sanitary District appreciates the public’s patience during this project.
The other project that has been completed was in the City of Arnolds Park in two areas. The first on Rohr Street in the area of Oar’s Campground and the second on Linden Drive in the area of Bridges Bay Resort. This project changed the public sewer pipes in this area to create more capacity for future growth along the east side of East Okoboji and Big Spirit Lake. Both Rohr Street and Liden Drive were closed for a few weeks during construction and to allow the concrete to cure. Both Rohr Street and Linden Drive have been reopened for through traffic. The Sanitary District worked in cooperation with the City of Arnolds Park on this project. The Sanitary District again appreciates the public’s patience during this project.