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Water quality and solid waste contracts on October Environmental Protection agenda

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DES MOINES – Contracts for a watershed project and household hazardous waste disposal head up the Oct. 15 meeting of the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission.

The business meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in Room 116 of the Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E. Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The business meeting will be followed by a tour of a contaminated site that has been successfully redeveloped.

Commissioners will be asked to approve a four-year contract for water quality improvements in the Price Creek watershed located in Iowa and Benton counties. The project is designed to reduce bacteria and sediment loading to the creek. Funding comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Section 319 program designed to reduce nonpoint source pollution.

Also up for commissioners’ approval, a contract to upgrade the Cherokee Buena Vista Household Hazardous Waste facility, allowing citizens and small businesses to properly dispose of hazardous waste year round. Funding comes from the groundwater protection fund and permit fees from household hazardous materials retailers.

In other action, an 11 a.m. appointment is set to hear a referral to the Attorney General for two livestock facilities owned by Steven Kerns.

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.

The complete agenda follows:

Approval of Agenda

Approval of the Minutes

Monthly Reports

Director’s Remarks

Referral to the Attorney General – Steven Kerns

Contract with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS)

Household Hazardous Materials Program – Agreement Recommendation

DNR Air Quality Bureau Overview

General Discussion

Items for Next Month’s Meeting

  • 19 – EPC Business Meeting – Polk County
  • 17 – 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.