Delaware County Conservation was able to complete two major improvement projects this past summer at Silver Lake Park in Delhi.
The first project was to remove the old circular picnic shelter and replacing it with a new 24 ft. x 35 ft. handicap accessible shelter house. Garlyn Glanz, Director for Delaware County Conservation, stated, “The old shelter was constructed in the 1970’s and was in need of replacement. The new shelter will accommodate around 50 people for family picnics or other group gatherings. The shelter has electric service and there are plans to have water available in the future.” The shelter is available for public use on a first come first serve basis or reservations for use can be made by calling the Delaware County Conservation office at 563-927-3410 after the first of each year.
The second project completed this past summer was a waterway drainage project near the boat ramp at Silver Lake. Glanz commented, “We had extensive water drainage issues and erosion occurring in the ditch conveying water from the adjoining Maquoketa Valley School property into Silver Lake. We also had a culvert that went under the road that was plugged and not functioning properly.”
With planning assistance from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) we were able to replace the old culvert with a concrete spillway. A rock chute was installed to convey the storm water runoff from the school property across the spillway and outlet into Silver Lake. At the same time local traffic can cross the concrete spillway.
“We appreciated the partnerships we had on this project. NRCS designing the project, Maquoketa Valley Schools and the Iowa DNR – Lake Restoration Program providing financial assistance,” stated Glanz “This project was a big improvement to reduce the drainage way erosion and to filter the water runoff through the rock chute before it enters Silver Lake. This was one step to improving the water quality at Silver Lake,” he added.
Other water quality and park development improvements are being planned for the future.
photo courtesy of Delaware County Conservation