MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A majority of members of an advisory committee support studying the long-term algae problem at Lake Mitchell.

The Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee last month heard a $73,725 proposal from Nebraska-based Fyra Engineering to begin data collection and analysis to help solve the problem. The Daily Republic reports nearly all of the committee's members offered support of the plan at a Tuesday meeting.

The proposal would fund roughly six to 12 months of data collection and modeling to determine the source of the lake's high algae-causing phosphorus levels. Fyra representatives said cost estimates for lake restoration could then be made.

The committee informally agreed to collect more data in attempt to lower the proposal's $73,725 cost.

Mitchell City Council member Bev Robinson said improved organization between parties could benefit the committee when it decides to make a budget request.

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