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WINDSOR HEIGHTS – Contracts, grants and rule changes are up for approval at the July 18meeting of the Environmental Protection Commission.
The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at DNR’s Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road in Windsor Heights. It is open to the public with public comments following the monthly reports. People may also submit written comments to the commission before the meeting. Send comments by mail or email to Jerah Sheets, Jerah.Sheets@dnr.iowa.gov.
At the top of the agenda, DNR will demonstrate new software to submit manure management plans (MMP) online. Commissioners will also be asked to approve a rule proposal enabling animal producers to submit MMPs online; and to provide additional opportunities for public comment on previously proposed air quality rules.
Seven grants to assist in dismantling and renovating abandoned buildings are also up for approval. The following communities were selected for grant funding of more than $25,000, requiring the commission’s approval:
Once completed, the cities plan additional projects such as creating outdoors public spaces, building senior housing units, converting a building to office space and building a new library. Twelve additional projects were selected for funding, bringing total funding requests to nearly $400,000.
Also up for approval, commissioners will be asked to approve a contract amendment to continue improving water quality in the Iowa Great Lakes Watershed, reducing sediment and nutrients reaching the great lakes.
The complete agenda follows:
The complete agenda and item briefs are available on the DNR website.
Commissioners include Chad Ingels, Randalia, chair; Ralph Lents, Menlo, vice chair; Joe Riding, Altoona, secretary; Mary Boote, Des Moines; Nancy Couser, Nevada; Howard Hill, Cambridge; and Bob Sinclair, Sigourney. Chuck Gipp is the director of the DNR.