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Contracts and tour on Environmental Protection agenda

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DES MOINES—Contracts and a tour of Easter Lake watershed improvement project are the highlights of the Aug. 20 Environmental Protection Commission meeting in Des Moines.

The business meeting begins at 10 a.m. in Room 116 of the Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E. Grand Avenue. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., commissioners will meet at the Historic Bridge to tour improvements at Easter Lake on the southeast side of Des Moines. The tour is open to the public with access through the south entrance.

Commissioners will be asked to approve six contracts related to floodplain mapping efforts. Funding for the projects comes largely from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In other action, commissioners will be asked to approve updated fees for water use permits and two watershed improvement contracts.

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 to one day prior to the business meeting.

The complete agenda follows:

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of the Minutes
  • Monthly Reports
  • Director’s Remarks
  • Contract Amendment #3 to an existing contract (17ESDLQBSRALS-999) with Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for Program Management (PM) and Community Engagement & Risk Communication (CERC) Flood Plain Mapping Services
  • Contract Amendment #4 with University of Iowa Flood Center
  • Contract Amendment #3 to existing contracts (17ESDLQBSRALS-0001, 17ESDLQBSRALS-0002, 17ESDLQBSRALS-0003, 17ESDLQBSRALS-0004) with Pre-Qualified Companies for Flood Plain Mapping Services
  • Water Supply – Water Use & Allocation Annual Permit Fee
  • Contract with the Palo Alto Soil and Water Conservation District (Shallow Lakes Watershed Planning)
  • Contract with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) – Black Hawk Lake Watershed
  • EPC Meeting Dates 2020
  • General Discussion
  • Items for Next Month’s Meeting
    • Sept. 16 – Educational Tour – Marion County
    • Sept. 17 – EPC Business Meeting – Des Moines
    • Oct. 15 – EPC Business Meeting – Des Moines

Find the complete agenda at

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.