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January 2014: Annual Report Edition

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Executive Summary 

As we start a new year, it is time again to reflect on our results and what we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. True to our name and our goals, the DNR’s Financial & Business Assistance (FABA) section continued to fund successful projects across the state, to work and collaborate more effectively with a variety of stakeholders and to sustain Iowa’s environment through public-private partnerships. Below is a sampling of 2013 highlights that are detailed further in the newsletter:

  • Participation and interest in the second year of the Derelict Building Grant program was just as robust as the first year.  The grant program is designed to help rural communities with small populations (5,000 or less) deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures. With 37 applications submitted in the second year requesting more than 1.5 million dollars, the grant program was able to fund 19 projects totaling $491,000 with cash matches of $290,000 from the communities.
  • Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) grants and loans invested $2 million and leveraged $1.7 million of local dollars to implement waste reduction, recycling, market development, and public education projects statewide.
  • The Iowa Waste Exchange (IWE) and its representatives matched almost 74,000 tons of materials in 2013 diverting these materials from the landfill, saving Iowa companies nearly $2.9 million in disposal costs in 2013.
  • The 2013 Pollution Prevention (P2) Intern program evaluated cost-saving and environmental projects for 19 Iowa businesses and industries, with implemented project savings of $914,817.
  • Almost $500,000 in program investment to educate Iowans on Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) and to financially assist Regional Collection Centers (RCCs) in managing HHM wastes. More than 6.4 million pounds of HHMs were removed from the solid waste stream for proper management; poisonings attributed to HHMs have decreased for the sixth year in a row.
  • The below map shows locations of various FABA projects implemented across the state in 2013.

Map of FABA projects implemented in Iowa in 2013.

For further information on the programs or the stories reported in the newsletter, please contact me or one of the FABA team members; we welcome your questions or feedback. The FABA section is committed to continually improving our work, our programs and the environment.  

Thank you and Best Wishes in the New Year,

Jennifer Wright
Financial and Business Assistance Supervisor 


Derelict Building Grant Program 

Preview of the 2013 Derelict Building Grant Program summary. 


View the Derelict Building Grant Program 2013 summary.

For more information on the program, go to the Derelict Building Grant webpage.

DNR Contact: Scott Flagg at 515-725-8318 or


Environmental Management Systems/Comprehensive Planning 

Preview of the 2013 Environmental Management System/Comprehensive Planning summary.

View the Environmental Management Systems/Comprehensive Planning 2013 summary.
For more information on the program, go to the EMS webpage or Comprehensive Planning webpage.
DNR Contact: Leslie Goldsmith at 515-725-8319 or 

Household Hazardous Materials 

Preview of the 2013 Household Hazardous Materials program summary. 

View the Household Hazardous Materials Program 2013 summary.
For more information on the program, go to the HHM webpage.
DNR Contact: Kathleen Hennings at 515-725-8359 or


Iowa Waste Exchange 

Preview of the 2013 Iowa Waste Exchange summary.

View the Iowa Waste Exchange 2013 summary.
For more information on the program, go to the Iowa Waste Exchange webpage.
DNR Contact: Bill Blum at 515-725-8376 or 


Pollution Prevention Services 

Preview of the 2013 Pollution Prevention Services summary 

View the Pollution Prevention Services 2013 summary.
For more information on the program, go to the Pollution Prevention Services webpage.
DNR Contacts:
Pollution Prevention Services: Jeff Fiagle at 515-725-8353 or
Pollution Prevention Intern Program: Danielle Dilks at 515-725-8363 or 


Solid Waste Alternatives Program 

Preview of the 2013 Solid Waste Alternatives Program summary.

View the Solid Waste Alternatives Program 2013 summary.
For more information on the program, go to the Solid Waste Alternatives Program webpage.  

DNR Contact: Tom Anderson at 515-725-8323 or  


Solid Waste/Recycling Initiatives  

Preview of the 2013 Solid Waste and Recycling Initiatives summary.

View the Solid Waste/Recycling Initiatives 2013 summary

DNR Contact: Tom Anderson at 515-725-8323 or 

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