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Stuck Boaters Prompt New Safety Measure at Coralville Lake

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CORALVILLE, Iowa - Boaters at Coralville Lake will notice more buoys in the water this summer in an attempt to keep boaters from getting stuck. Dee Goldman, lake operations manager, said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin deploying red and green buoys in the coming days to help direct traffic on the busy lake, ensuring boaters know where the channel is.

Goldman said buoys will stretch all the way from the main beach area to the Interstate 380 bridge area, farther north than they ever have before.

“We don’t want to see people getting stuck, so this is one way we can avoid that,” said Goldman.

At least one boat has already gotten stuck in the northern portion of the lake due to low water levels. Goldman said additional boats may have also gotten stuck in that area this spring.

The Corps typically puts out buoys in the summer to help boaters navigate, but at the end of last season they were able to secure money to buy more. Going outside of the buoys could result in getting stuck, an issue that’s typically seen in the spring when water levels are lower.

The lake is currently just above 681 feet, Goldman said. Normal summer pool is around 683, a level the corps hopes to be at by this weekend. Officials are bringing the water up a little sooner than normal this year in preparation for an earlier Memorial Day weekend, a popular time for boaters.

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