Pump in place near the lake outlet structure in the southeast corner of the park, 7/29/12 (Kevin Kane)
On Friday, Ames officials announced that they would begin pumping water from the lake in Ada Hayden Heritage Park into the Skunk River to recharge the city's groundwater aquifer. The prospect of this kind of drought was of primary importance for the acquisition of the old quarry for a backup water supply for the city. This is the first time since the acquisition of the quarry for the park that pumping has been needed to supply water for aquifer recharging.
See the video from KCCI TV here.