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EPC to Review Contracts at November Meeting
Posted: 11/07/2013
ANKENY –Watershed planning, water quality and water quantity contracts are up for the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission’s approval at the Nov. 19 meeting in Ankeny.

The scope and location of three watershed planning contracts differ as follows:
  • In the English River watershed, partners plan to create a comprehensive watershed management plan to reach locally developed water quantity and quality goals. The watershed runs from Grinnell into portions of Iowa, Keokuk, Mahaska, Johnson and Washington counties.
  • In the Indian Creek watershed, partners plan to conduct a detailed survey to understand public awareness and understanding of water issues in the Linn County watershed.
  • In the Turkey River watershed, partners are developing a comprehensive watershed management plan to reduce flooding and improve water quality.

A contract for 50 bridge-mounted stream sensors is also up for commission approval. If approved, the sensors will add to existing river level monitors and help predict flood crests.

Commissioners will also be asked to approve a contract to evaluate trends in phosphorus concentration in Iowa’s rivers. If approved, researchers will use existing data from 60 water quality monitoring sites collected from 1999 to the present.

In other action, commissioners will be asked to endorse a final rule that adopts federal regulations for areas that do not meet air quality requirements. Iowa has two areas in non-attainment: part of Council Bluffs does not meet federal lead standards, and part of Muscatine does not meet federal sulfur dioxide standards. Adopting the rule will allow DNR to issue permits for new construction or expansions in the non-attainment areas while helping to control air pollution.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the State Hygienic Laboratory, Building 2240, on the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny campus, at the intersection of Highways 69 and 160 (Ankeny Boulevard and Oralabor Road). Public comments are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. A tour of the hygienic lab is scheduled for 1 p.m. after the meeting ends.

The complete agenda follows:
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Director’s Remarks
  • Welcome and Facility Safety Instructions by SHL
  • Contract – English River Watershed Management Authority Member Entities – Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan
  • Contract – Indian Creek Watershed Management Authority Member Entities – Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan
  • Contract – Turkey River Watershed Management Authority – Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan
  • Contract with University of Iowa for Bridge Mounted Stream Sensors
  • Final Rules – Chapters 20, 22, 31 and 33: Air Quality Program Rules – Nonattainment New Source Review
  • EPC 2014 Schedule
  • Contract with The University of Iowa for Trends in Phosphorus Concentrations using the Ambient Monitoring Network
  • Monthly Reports
  • General Discussion
  • EPC Annual Report
  • Items for Next Month’s Meeting
  • Dec. 17 – EPC Business Meeting, Windsor Heights

Find more information on the EPC agenda items:

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. The director of the DNR is Chuck Gipp.