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Water improvement contracts top the Environmental Protection Commission agenda

  • 11/7/2019 3:56:00 PM
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DES MOINES—Three contracts to improve water quality are up for approval at the Nov. 19 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.

Contracts include finishing a demonstration project on the State Capitol grounds designed to capture storm water runoff and reduce sidewalk maintenance. Commissioners will be asked to approve three contracts for watershed management plans in Monroe, Wright and Johnson counties, following a competitive grant offering. Finally, a contract to support the award-winning Water Rocks! education program is up for approval.

In other action, commissioners will be asked to approve a recommendation to extend a program designed to collect and recover mercury-added switches from scrapped vehicles. Mercury-added switches are a concern because mercury is a neurotoxin and can affect kidney function.

At 11 a.m., commissioners will hear a Demand for a Hearing from Madison County on the Voss Cattle Company, LLC construction permit for a swine confinement building.

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
  • Contract Amendment # 01 to Contract Number 20ESDWQBSKONR-0002 with Department of Administrative Services
  • Contracts
  • 20ESDWQBSKONR-0006: South Central Iowa Cedar Creek WMA – Fiscal Agent: Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • 20ESDWQBKAMEN-0002: Boone River WMA – Fiscal Agent: Wright County
  • 20ESDWQBMSTEV-0001: Lower Cedar River WMA – Fiscal Agent: Johnson County
  • Contract with Iowa State University for Water Rocks!: Youth Water Education Campaign
  • Recommendation to extend the Mercury-Added Switch Recovery from End-of-Life Vehicles Program
  • DNR Field Services Bureau Overview
  • Madison County Demand for Hearing
  • General Discussion
  • Items for Next Month’s Meeting
  • 17– EPC Business Meeting – Polk County
  • 22, 2020 at 10 a.m. – NRC/EPC Joint Meeting – Polk County
  • 22, 2020 at 1 p.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.