Animal Feeding, Solid Waste and Water Projects on EPC's March 18 Agenda
Posted: 03/13/2014
DES MOINES – Solid waste projects, the state revolving fund plan, rulemaking for animal feeding operations and a project to improve Easter Lake in Des Moines are on the March 18 agenda for the state Environmental Protection Commission. Commissioners will meet at 10 the DNR’s Air Quality office, 7900 Hickman Road in Windsor Heights.

Commissioners will be asked to approve opening public comment on proposed rules regarding concentrated animal feeding operations. The proposed rules would adopt federal discharge permit requirements for confinement operations and manure application setback requirements for all concentrated animal feeding operations that have federal discharge permits.

In other action, commissioners will be asked to approve a three-year contract with the city of Des Moines to reduce sediment entering Easter Lake from Yeader Creek. This is phase one in a project that aims to improve water clarity, reduce sediment and algal blooms in the lake, increase oxygen levels and improve the fishery.

The meeting is open to the public and public comments are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. At 1 p.m., commissioners will hear a referral to the attorney general on a wastewater issue in Scott County.

The complete agenda follows:

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The members of the commission are Mary Boote, Des Moines, chair; Max Smith, Knoxville, vice-chair; Nancy Couser, Nevada, secretary; Cindy Greiman, Garner; Chad Ingels, Randalia; Brent Rastetter, Ames; Bob Sinclair, Sigourney; Gene Ver Steeg, Inwood; LaQuanda Hoskins, LeClaire. The director of the DNR is Chuck Gipp.