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Watershed project contracts on July 17 Environmental Protection Commission agenda

DES MOINES - Two contracts to reduce bacteria and nutrient loads in streams are up for commissioners’ approval at the July 17 Environmental Protection Commission meeting.

DNR is also asking commissioners to increase contract funding for federally required archaeological and architectural surveys needed when using state revolving fund loans for drinking water and wastewater treatment improvements.

The meeting is open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. in Room 116 of the State Capitol, 1007 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines. At the discretion of the chairperson, requests to speak during the business meeting will be limited to comments that specifically address agenda items.

Please submit requests to speak and written comments to Jerah Sheets at Jerah.Sheets@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-313-8909 or c/o DNR, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319  by noon the day before the meeting.

Also on the agenda at 10:30 a.m. is a request to refer Walz Energy to the Attorney General’s office for storm water violations in Clayton County.

At 11:30 a.m., Clark Farms has asked to appeal a proposed DNR decision that would prohibit Clark Farms from appealing an administrative order for violations of state solid waste and water quality laws.

The complete agenda follows:

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of the Minutes
  • Monthly Reports
  • Acting Director’s Remarks
  • Contract with IDALS for Silver Creek (Howard County) Water Quality Project
  • Contract with IDALS for Yellow River Headwaters Water Quality Project
  • Contract Amendment for Contract #14ESDWQBPCALE-0006-A06 with the University of Iowa on behalf of the Office of the State Archaeologist
  • Referral to the Attorney General – Walz Energy LLC
  • Clark Farms' Appeal of the Proposed Decision
  • General Discussion
  •       Aug. 21 – EPC Business Meeting and Educational Tour – Derby
  •       Sept. 17 – EPC Educational Tour – Clayton County
  •       Sept. 18 – EPC Business Meeting – Clayton County  

 

The complete agenda and item briefs are available on the DNR website.

Commissioners include: Ralph Lents, Menlo, chair; Joe Riding, Altoona, vice chair; Rebecca Guinn, Bettendorf, Secretary; Mary Boote, Des Moines; Nancy Couser, Nevada; Howard Hill, Cambridge; Harold Hommes, Windsor Heights; and Bob Sinclair, Sigourney. Bruce Trautman is the acting director of the DNR. 

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