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MOSES LAKE - The Moses Lake Watershed Council is holding a public meeting on Wednesday as it continues to seek short and longterm solutions to improve the health of the lake.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the Moses Lake Civic Center, located at 401 S. Balsam St.

“The Moses Lake Watershed Council’s goal is to assess current water quality conditions in the local watershed and explore effective, locally developed solutions,” stated Marie Lotz, Grant County Conservation District manager.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, state Department of Ecology, Grant County Conservation District, Grant County Health District, Moses Lake Irrigation and Rehabilitation District and the City of Moses Lake have collaborated to develop the watershed council, formed in 2018.

The watershed council is currently working with Ecology and the Bureau of Reclamation on grants to better understand the historic and current factors contributing to the degradation of the lake water quality.

Despite several restoration projects conducted on Moses Lake and its watershed over the past 20 years, toxic blue-green algae blooms have persisted.

“What appears to be missing is long-term agreements, practices and processes in place to continue treatment well into the future – if not forever,” stated Harold Crose with the conservation district. 

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