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EPC to Meet at Honey Creek in August
Posted: 08/09/2012
MORAVIA - The Environmental Protection Commission will be asked to approve two air quality rules and contracts for ground water monitoring at the Aug. 21 meeting in Moravia.

About 80 percent of Iowans depend upon groundwater for their drinking water. Commissioners will be asked to approve two contracts that would allow testing raw groundwater in public water system wells. If approved, 66 public groundwater sources will be sampled. The water will be tested for general chemistry, nutrients, viruses, herbicides and pharmaceutical compounds.

The tests will provide indications of long-term health of the incoming groundwater, providing early indication of future water quality. Results will help water suppliers to plan for possible public health concerns.

The EPC will meet in the Honey Creek State Park Resort, 12633 Resort Drive, Moravia, at 10 a.m. Public comments are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. From 8 to 9:30 a.m. prior to the meeting, commissioners will have the opportunity to attend an educational session on the role of a commissioner and Robert’s Rules of Order.

Commissioners will attend several events Aug. 20. The events are open to the public, but reservations are required. Starting at 11 a.m., commissioners will lunch at Honey Creek State Park Resort’s Lakeshore Grille. At 12:30 p.m. they will board a shuttle in the hotel lobby to tour areas that demonstrate efforts to reduce phosphorus and sediment in Rathbun Lake. The tour hosts will be from the Rathbun Land and Water Alliance.

From 2 to 2:30 p.m. they will hear a presentation in the board room of the Rathbun Regional Water Association, 16166 Highway J29, Centerville, followed by a tour of the surface water drinking water facility from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. From 3 to 4 p.m., they will tour the lake intake structure at the Nixon Dedication Site, returning to the resort after the tour.

A boat tour of the lake with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, followed by dinner on the boat is planned for 5 to 8:30 p.m. Commissioners will carpool to the marina leaving the hotel lobby at 5 p.m. They will board the boat at 5:20 p.m. at Rathbun Marina, Buck Creek Area, 21646 Marina Place. Tickets are $25. Make reservations by Aug. 13 with Jerah Sheets at Jerah.Sheets@dnr.iowa.gov or by calling 515-313-8909.

The complete agenda for the meeting follows:
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Director’s Remarks
  • Agreement with U.S. Geological Survey for Public Supply Source Water Sampling
  • Contract with  S.H.L. for Public Supply Source Water Sampling
  • Final Rule: Chapters 20, 22 and 25: Air Quality Program Rules – Requirements for Stack Testing and Portable Plant Relocations
  • Final Rule: Chapter 23: Air Quality Program Rules – Adoption of federal air toxics standards and new source performance standards
  • Water Supply: Water Use & Allocation Annual Permit Fee
  • Monthly Reports
  • General Discussion
  • Items for Next Month’s Meeting
    • Sept. 18 – Windsor Heights
    • Oct. 16 – Windsor Heights
Find more information on the EPC agenda items at www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/BoardsCommissions.aspx

The members of the commission are David Petty, Eldora, Chair; John Glenn, Centerville, Vice-Chair; Mary Boote, Des Moines, Secretary; Dee Bruemmer, Davenport; Nancy Couser, Nevada; Cindy Greiman, Garner; Brent Rastetter, Ames; Max Smith, Knoxville; and Marty Stimson, Cedar Rapids. The director of the DNR is Chuck Gipp.
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