Iowans are invited to attend one of six public water quality meetings held by the DNR across the state. The DNR is gathering Iowans’ thoughts on improving the state’s water quality goals as part of its three-year review of water quality standards and goals.
The meetings are part of the triennial review process set forth in the federal Clean Water Act, providing opportunity to the public to help set state goals for streams and rivers.
“This is the public’s opportunity to tell us what is important to them,” said Rochelle Weiss, DNR water quality standards coordinator. “We want to hear Iowans’ concerns about potential pollutant levels, how streams are being used and how to protect existing water quality.”
The triennial review process ensures water quality standards, as listed in Chapter 61 of the Iowa Administrative Code, are up-to-date. Following the public comment period, the DNR will meet with the stakeholder technical advisory team to consider the public’s suggestions.
After identifying issues, the DNR will develop a work plan to address the concerns.
Public meetings will be held at the following locations and times in city alphabetical order:
Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Rock Island Depot, 102 Chestnut St.
Sept. 9, 4 to 6 p.m.
Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce Lakeview Room, 10 North Lakeview Drive
Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Falcon Civic Center, 1305 Fifth Ave. NE
Sept. 3, 4 to 6 p.m.
Spencer Public Library (Round Room), 21 East Third St.
Sept. 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Washington Public Library (Nicholas Stoufer Room), 115 West Washington
West Des Moines
Sept. 8, 10 to 12 p.m.
West Des Moines Public Library (Community Room), 4000 Mills Civic Parkway
Those not able to attend a meeting may submit written comments by Oct. 15 to:
Rochelle Weiss, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 502 East Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319, or by e-mailing Rochelle.Weiss@dnr.iowa.gov.
More information, including the full text of Chapter 61, is available at http://www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/RegulatoryWater/WaterQualityStandards/Rules.aspx under “Rule Reference Documents.”
For more information contact Rochelle Weiss, DNR Water Quality Standards Coordinator at 515-281-4736 or Rochelle.Weiss@dnr.iowa.gov.