DES MOINES – The DNR is seeking public input on rule changes for projects that have an impact on Iowa waters, including wetlands and lakes.
Every five years the DNR can provide input on the regional permit 7 approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Regional permit 7 is a general permit issued by the Corps for work in streams, lakes and wetlands for road and bridge-type projects. The DNR’s proposed rule changes provide that input.
The public is invited to make oral or written comments at 1 p.m., April 9, in Conference Room 5E, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. Ninth St. in Des Moines.
Transportation projects with minimal impact may be covered by the Corps’ regional permit 7. The regional permit authorizes road, bridge, railroad and trail construction projects, as well as culvert installation, to proceed faster.
“If planning a road, trail or bridge project in one of our lakes, streams or wetlands, you must apply for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before construction begins,” said Chris Schwake, a DNR environmental specialist. “The DNR’s new rules will let applicants get their Corps’ permits more quickly.”
The DNR’s proposed rule changes to Chapter 61 of the Iowa Administrative Code and information on the Corps’ regional permit 7 can be found at www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/RegulatoryWater/WetlandsPermitting.aspx
Any interested person can submit written comments on the proposed DNR rule changes on or before close of business April 18. Comments can be made at the meeting or sent to Christine Schwake, Iowa DNR, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0034, by e-mail to Christine.Schwake@dnr.iowa.gov
or by faxing them to 515-281-8895.