Authorities have issued a warning about open water or thin ice near aerators being used at Clear Lake in northern Iowa Also in Thorpe Park and the lakes in Leland. The aerators are operating on the east shore near the water treatment plant and north shore near the pump station west of Venetian Village off of Clear Lake. Aerators are also in operation on other area lakes.
Scott Grummers of the Iowa Natural Resources Department says warning signs will be employed when the ice becomes safe enough for travel. Ice safety in the vicinity of the aerators will depend on the weather and the conditions.:
The aerators are being used to reduce chances of a winter fish kill. The ice is made thin in locations where the aerators are being used.
Grummers told KIOW News that ice can be, and is, deceptive.: