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DES MOINES – Progress and achievements in water quality, and streamlining floodplain permits are on the Environmental Protection Commission’s Sept. 20 agenda.
Once again, the commission will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 116 of the State Capitol Building, 1007 E. Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The entrance is on the northwest side of the capitol.
At the top of the agenda is a presentation on Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy from Laurie Wissler, Iowa State University. Wissler will highlight progress and challenges in tracking funding, outreach and practice adoption, research, wastewater treatment improvements and water quality monitoring,.
The meeting is open to the public. Public comment will follow the presentation. Or, people may submit written comments to the commission by mail or email to Jerah Sheets, Jerah.Sheets@dnr.iowa.gov before the meeting.
DNR will report to the commission on drinking water compliance. A 10-year high of 94.5 percent of public water supply systems – serving more than 2.7 million Iowans -- complied with all health-based standards in 2015, despite increases in requirements over the last 10 years. “We have really good water operators in the state, and we work hard to ensure they understand and follow the requirements for water treatment and distribution systems,” said Mark Moeller, DNR supervisor.
A proposal to streamline construction requirements in floodplains is up for commission approval. The change would significantly reduce the time and cost to construct bridges and similar projects, and to install conservation practices, signs and utility poles in a floodplain.
Commissioners have appointments to discuss referrals to the Attorney General’s office:
The complete agenda follows:
Find agenda details at www.iowadnr.gov/epc.
Commissioners include Mary Boote, Des Moines, chair; Chad Ingels, Randalia, vice chair; Cindy Greiman, Garner, secretary; Nancy Couser, Nevada; Bob Sinclair, Sigourney; Gene Ver Steeg, Inwood; LaQuanda Hoskins, Bettendorf; Ralph Lents, Menlo; and Joe Riding, Altoona. Chuck Gipp is the director of the DNR.