CLEAR LAKE — It’s going to cost local governments a lot less green to pay their share of the cost of cleaning up Clear Lake.

Crews have been working since last summer removing 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from the bottom of the “little lake” at the west end of Clear Lake. The dredging is a way to improve water quality in Clear Lake.

The cost of the entire dredging project was originally estimated at around $13 million. The cities of Clear Lake and Ventura, Cerro Gordo County and the Association for the Preservation of Clear Lake were to provide $4.2 million.

According to David Knoll, director of Clear Lake Enhancement and Restoration (CLEAR) project, the local share will now be $2.1 million.

The reasons for the savings are favorable bids for the dredging, falling diesel prices and a decision by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to pay a greater share of the project cost.

The final cost of the total project will be around $10 million, Knoll said.

- More on this story appears Sunday.

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