Tama Police are diving into their restoration effort for Cherry Lake. The 40-acre property located just southwest of the Tama downtown business district was given to the city by Caraustar- Tama Paperboard in 2006.
Earlier this year, Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon announced his department had decided to enhance the property as a public service undertaking.
It's being done on a volunteer basis by officers who choose to take part and is being done at no cost to taxpayers.
Police placed a total of 11 fish habitat structures on Cherry Lake as part of their restoration program. They will melt through the ice and provide underwater habitat for fish.
To kick-off private fund-raising, police are sponsoring a photo contest. Everyone is invited to take their best photo of Cherry Lake - be it wildlife, "your biggest or first catch at Cherry Lake" or anything else associated with the lake.
A $5 entry fee will get your photo into the contest, a chance to win a prize and to have your photo appear on the 2015 Cherry Lake Calendar.
There's two age groups for photographers 17 and under and age 18 and above.
Photos need to be dropped off at the Tama Police department or Tama city Clerk's Office by May 15. As an entry, they become property of the police.
The ccontest winners for both age groups will be announced at the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival, just prior to the Tama Citizen of the Year award.
Tama Police list these as the goals of their undertaking:
To provide a place for the citizens of Tama no matter what their age to enjoy outdoor recreation, through volunteer work and donations from the community.
1. Dredging 2. Dock structures 3. Fish structures, PVC, brush piles, pallet piles 4. Waterfowl nesting structures 5. Develop fishing spots amongst the tree line 6. Gravel and sand beds for future spawning 7. Shelter house 8. Develop beneficial aquatic plant life that is now none existent.