DNR Hosts Open House to Discuss Dredge and Fill Rulemaking
Posted: 09/08/2011
DES MOINES – The DNR will host an open house Sept. 15 to provide information about federal permits required for removing or depositing fill material in wetlands or streams.

Interested people can drop in anytime between 1 and 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be in the third floor conference room of the Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines.

There will be no formal presentations. However, a DNR staffer will be available to discuss possible updates in state rules needed because of changes in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ nationwide general permits. She is also seeking input and comments from the public on the potential update in state rules.

The Corps’ nationwide permits regulate work in wetlands and other waters under the authority of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Corps cannot issue a nationwide permit until the state of Iowa certifies that the federal permits meet state water quality standards.

The state certificate, called a Section 401 Water quality Certificate, is needed to:
•    Construct permanent docks, piers, boat ramps or beaches;
•    Place fill or riprap in a stream, river, lake or wetland; or
•    Make stream channel changes or relocations (including straightening a stream).

For a list of all project types that require a certificate, see:
http://www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/RegulatoryWater/WetlandsPermitting.aspx.

Without updating the rules for state certification, each project would have to be individually certified.

Information about the Corps’ proposed 2012 nationwide permits can be found at:
http://www.usace.army.mil/CECW/Documents/cecwo/reg/nwp/NWP_prop_fr_16Feb2011.pdf