Updates on the state nutrient strategy, and contracts for environmental monitoring and regulatory assistance will be on the June 19 agenda for the Environmental Protection Commission meeting in Windsor Heights.
At 2 p.m., Adam Schnieders from DNR, Dean Lemke from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Dr. Tom Isenhart from Iowa State University will discuss work in progress on Iowa’s nutrient strategy.
In other business, commissioners will be asked to approve the intended use plan for the state revolving fund (SRF), which provides low interest loans for drinking water, wastewater, storm water and nonpoint source water quality projects. Included in the plan is a proposal for a small or emergency loan fund to be used for water and wastewater emergencies.
Another SRF proposal would allow utilities to pay part of the interest rate into a watershed restoration project instead of paying it back into the loan fund. The DNR is seeking approval of a pilot watershed project in Dubuque. The city is reopening Bee Branch Creek, once buried underground in storm sewers. As the city repays state revolving fund loans with a reduced interest fee, some of the interest would fund pervious pavement in downtown alleys, allowing rainwater to infiltrate the soil, instead of flooding the newly restored creek.
Some other contracts up for the commission’s approval include funding for ambient air quality monitoring, small business assistance on regulations, water monitoring, and the Iowa Waste Exchange, which matches owners of used and unwanted items with people who can recycle or add value to the items.
The regular meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the DNR Air Quality Building, 7900 Hickman Road. Public participation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Appointments are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. for referrals to the Attorney General.
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes
Director’s RemarksClean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund – FY 2013 Intended Use Plans
Contract Amendments – Utility Management Organization Grants for Wastewater Services to Small and Unsewered Communities
Contract Amendment with University of Iowa for Dam Safety Inspectors
Contract with IDALS Division of Soil Conservation for Watershed Improvement Projects
Final Adoption – Chapter 68, “Commercial Septic Tank Cleaners” and Chapter 69, “Private Sewage Disposal Systems”
Contract Amendment – ISU GIS Facility - professional GIS services to gather geocoding data for 23 counties in the central region of Iowa (original contract # JG-3570-12-B)
Contract with The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa for Laboratory Services and Professional Services of a Corrective Action Specialist for the Underground Storage Tank Program
Region XII Council of Governments - Grant Awardee for delivery of the Iowa Waste Exchange program
Contract with Keep Iowa Beautiful for “Beautification Grant Program”
Contract with University of Iowa for 2013 SHL Services in Support of the DNR Air Quality Bureau
2013 Contract - Execution of the State of Iowa Air Pollution Control Implementation Plan: Linn County
2013 Contract - Execution of the State of Iowa Air Pollution Control Implementation Plan: Polk County
2013 Contract - with University of Northern Iowa for Small Business Assistance Program: Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program (IAEAP)
Referrals to the Attorney General - Phil McMains (Moulton / Appanoose County) – Solid Waste / Air Quality
Referrals to the Attorney General - Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC (Burlington / Des Moines County) - Underground Storage Tanks
Contract – State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa – Ambient Streams Sampling and Laboratory Services
Contract – State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa – Ambient Biological Sampling and Laboratory Services
The complete agenda follows:
Items for Next Month’s Meeting
- August Tour of Rathbun Lake
- July 17 – Windsor Heights
- Aug. 20 – Educational Tour of Rathbun Lake
- Aug. 21 – Business Meeting Honey Creek State Park Resort
Find more information on the EPC agenda items at www.iowadnr.gov/epc/index.html.
The members of the commission are David Petty, Eldora, Chair; John Glenn, Centerville, Vice-Chair; Mary Botte, Des Moines, Secretary; Dee Bruemmer, Davenport; Nancy Couser, Nevada; Cindy Greiman, Garner; Delores Mertz, Ottosen; Brent Rastetter, Ames; Max Smith, Knoxville; and Marty Stimson, Cedar Rapids. The director of the DNR is Chuck Gipp.