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DNR pleased with progress made to improve Lee County lake

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Environmental Director Rosa Haukedahl and LCHD Administrator Julie Schilling. Environmental Director Rosa Haukedahl and LCHD Administrator Julie Schilling.
Sign from DNR at the lake. Sign from DNR at the lake.
Septic Tanks installed at one residence. Septic Tanks installed at one residence.
Iowa DNR is pleased with the progress. Iowa DNR is pleased with the progress.
Chatfield Lake. Chatfield Lake.
LEE COUNTY, Ia. (WGEM) -

The Lee County Health Department said a lot of progress has been made since last year when it came to updating septic tanks in one part of the county. 

The Mooar/Powdertown area, just north of Keokuk, was subject to dumping raw sewage into Chatfield Lake. 

Officials said since November of last year, 29 of the 38 homes have installed a system and are in compliance with the county.

Iowa DNR told the county to make improvements or it would be fined $25,000 dollars a day.

DNR told the health department that they are happy with the progress.

"We don't want fines to come to the county," Rosa Haukedahl, Environmental Director at LCHD said. "I think that we have been working with the area for three years now. We want to get it done in 2018, so we can put this behind us." 

Nine residents still need to comply.

If the nine remaining residents do not cooperate, the health department said the county attorney could enforce injunctions which means the people could be removed from their property to make sure raw sewage isn't flowing into the lake. 

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