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Contracts top Environmental Protection Commission’s April teleconference

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DES MOINES—The Environmental Protection Commission will consider four contracts at its April 21 teleconference meeting. 

The 10:30 a.m. meeting will be held by teleconference. To join the conference call, call 405-701-9543, and enter the conference code of 871 528 followed by the pound (#) sign when prompted. The meeting is open to the public. There is no scheduled public participation. Written comments may be submitted up to one day before the meeting to Jerah Sheets at or to DNR, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319. 

Up for consideration, a contract with the University of Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory to collect water samples and test for indicator bacteria at beaches from the week before Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

A second contract with the State Hygienic Lab will provide analysis of water samples collected from 25 shallow lakes to evaluate the effectiveness of lake restorations and lake status.

A contract extension with the city of Coralville will provide education and promote soil quality restoration and home rainscaping to improve water quality in the Iowa River’s watershed.  

The final contract to be approved is with the Iowa Department of Administrative Services and DNR to design a storm water project at Terrace Hill. Practices designed to control erosion and storm water runoff near the main entrance at Terrace Hill will demonstrate the effectiveness of water quality improvements to the mansion’s nearly 10,000 annual visitors.  

The complete agenda follows: 

Approval of Agenda

Approval of the Minutes 

Monthly Reports

Director’s Remarks

Contract with the University of Iowa – Beach Monitoring 

Contract with the University of Iowa – Shallow Lakes 

Contract Amendment #01 to the Original Contract for Raising the Urban Soil Health IQ in the Lower Iowa River Watershed with City of Coralville

Memorandum of Understanding with Iowa Department of Administrative Services

General Discussion

  • Biennial EPC Report 

Items for Next Month’s Meeting

  • May 19 at 10:30 a.m. – EPC Business Meeting – Polk County 
  • June 16 at 10:30 a.m. – EPC Business Meeting – Polk County

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Commissioners include: Ralph Lents, Menlo, chair; Harold Hommes, Windsor Heights, vice chair; Bob Sinclair, Sigourney, Secretary; Stephanie Dykshorn, Ireton;  Amy Echard, Farmersburg; Lisa Gochenour, Logan; Rebecca Guinn, Bettendorf; Howard Hill, Cambridge; and Tim Kaldenberg, Albia. Kayla Lyon is the DNR director. 

Any person attending the public meeting who has special requirements such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments should contact the DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or, and advise of specific needs.