Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Justice Information

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, English-language proficiency, disability, or age in the administration of its programs or activities in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Responsibility for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning nondiscrimination requirements implemented by 40 C.F.R. Part 5 and 40 C.F.R. Part 7, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, has been delegated to:

Rachel Zander
Acting Environmental Justice Coordinator
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
502 E 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319


Iowa DNR, Language Access Plan
The Language Access Plan reflects DNR's commitment to serving Iowans of all backgrounds and cultures, including individuals with limited English proficiency. By adopting this Plan, DNR recognizes its obligation to provide meaningful access to programs, services, and activities by removing language-based barriers to public interaction. Additionally, the Plan provides the procedures DNR follows in responding to requests for interpretation, translation, and other language services and in assessing need for language services.


Iowa DNR, Disability Nondiscrimination Plan
The Disability Nondiscrimination Plan reflects DNR's commitment to providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity for full participation in its programs, services, and activities. Consistent with DNR's Statement of Nondiscrimination, the Plan establishes the procedures DNR follows in responding to requests for accommodations and maintaining accessible facilities.


Non-Employee Discrimination Complaint Procedure
In compliance with 40 C.F.R., Parts 5 and 7, Section 7.90(a), the DNR has established a grievance procedure to ensure prompt and fair resolution of complaints alleging violations of applicable federal law (including) Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and/or the DNR's nondiscrimination policy in the administration of the DNR’s programs and activities brought by persons other than DNR employees. The grievance procedure provides a process for filing a timely complaint to the proper authority and describes the process that will be used to investigate and resolve the complaint. However, the procedures do not apply to administrative actions that are being pursued in another forum.

If you would like to file a complaint, you may complete and return the fillable Grievance Form. Further instructions are on the form. If you prefer, you may instead complete the Iowa DNR Title VI/Discrimination Complaint (non-employee) Google Form. If you have questions, check out our Discrimination Complaint FAQ or contact the Environmental Justice Coordinator via the information listed above.