Jo Co Addresses Erosion at Lake DeSmet

Erosion at Lake DeSmet will be fixed in the coming weeks. Photo courtesy of Connie Modzelewski. Used by Permission.
Erosion at Lake DeSmet will be fixed in the coming weeks. Photo courtesy of Connie Modzelewski. Used by Permission.

A concerned citizen brought a safety issue at Lake DeSmet to the attention of the Johnson County Commission recently.

Connie Modzelewski, of Buffalo, was taking photos at the lake two weeks ago when she discovered serious erosion at a high overlook at the lake, and became concerned that someone might get hurt by venturing too close to the slide.

She contacted a number of agencies before being directed to the county commissioners to get the issue resolved.
Commissioner Smokey Wildeman explains what happened next.

County workers installed a temporary fence at the slide site and will be contacting the Army Corps of Engineers for advice and possible help in repairing the eroded cliff.

Wildeman said funding from the Federal Government could possibly be obtained so the county isn't paying the full bill.

The Corps of Engineers, according to Wildeman, have done this type of reinforced repair many times in the past, and their knowledge and expertise will help immensely in the repair.

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