DES MOINES — The Watershed Improvement Review Board has approved 12 applications totaling almost $1 million, including money for a second Clear Lake beach cleaner.

The grants are to support projects that will improve water quality or reduce flooding in the state.

The Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $20,000.

According to David Knoll, director of the Clear Lake Enhancement and Restoration (CLEAR) project, the funds will be used to buy a second beach cleaner as well as for other projects to reduce bacteria on the beaches.

The first beach cleaner was purchased last summer. It is designed to help to cut down on the bacteria including goose droppings flowing into Clear Lake.

“These projects are a partnership between federal, state and local organizations that are committed to improving Iowa’s water quality,” said Bill Northey, Iowa secretary of agriculture.

“By supporting projects that address runoff and drainage, sedimentation, urban stormwater, groundwater pollution, flooding and a number of other issues, these projects are focused on issues that directly impact the state’s waterways and water quality.”

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