DES MOINES – Every three years, Iowans have the opportunity to provide input to the Iowa DNR to help set goals for streams and rivers, and to participate in ensuring water quality standards are current. The DNR will begin this process by first meeting with DNR staff and the previous Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the third floor conference rooms at the Wallace Building, 502 E. Ninth St. in Des Moines.
Agenda items for this meeting will include an update of the progress from the 2011 Work Plan, a discussion of possible new issues, and determining a plan to seek public and stakeholder comments over the next several months. As the “Triennial Review” process proceeds, DNR will have additional updates seeking public input and announcing meeting location(s). The completed product of this process will include a Triennial Review Work Plan summarizing the DNR’s water quality standards goals for the next three years.
The three-year review is mandated in the federal Clean Water Act, and Iowa’s clean water program is covered under Chapter 61 of the Iowa Administrative code. Questions about the review process should be directed to Rochelle Weiss, DNR water quality standards coordinator, 515-281-4736, or Rochelle.Weiss@dnr.iowa.gov