Supervisors approve drainage for new quarry

National Gypsum is moving forward with a new quarry and has filed a routine drainage agreement to facilitate that new location, said Webster County Supervisor Keith Dencklau Tuesday.

The supervisors, who serve as drainage district trustees, signed a sand/silt settling basin maintenance agreement with the company Tuesday morning.

The agreement simply governs how the company will maintain the basin it uses to catch rainwater pumped out of the site, Dencklau said. When it gets too full the company agrees to pump it out.

“Otherwise silt would go into the drainage ditch,” Dencklau said.

National Gypsum has moved to the other side of the road and is in the process of digging a new quarry now, Dencklau said.

“They’re moving the whole facility,” he said.

The new basin will be northeast of Fort Dodge, in the area of 170th Street and Samson Avenue, just west of the existing pond there, said drainage clerk Krystal Steck.