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Water quality and solid waste successes on Environmental Protection Commission’s agenda

  • 12/12/2019 1:11:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Highlights from DNR’s six environmental field offices will kick off the Dec. 17 meeting of the 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.

A contract to reduce bacteria going into Iowa’s largest coldwater trout stream, the Yellow River, is up for commissioners’ approval.

Commissioners will also be asked to approve the third quarter intended use plans for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, which provide low-interest loans to publicly owned drinking water suppliers and wastewater facilities. Funding helps improve drinking water and control pollution of Iowa’s waters.

In other action, commissioners will be asked to approve a final rule change which will change the definition of “common ownership” of animal feeding operations, replacing the word “majority” with “10 percent or more.”

Successes from the Environmental Management System program will conclude the meeting, showcasing innovative solid waste projects.

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
  • DNR Field Services Bureau Overview
  • Final Rule – Chapter 65 – Animal Feeding Operations Definition of Common Ownership
  • Contract with P7 Marketing Inc. Moved to Jan. 22, 2020, agenda
  • Contract with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for Yellow River Headwaters Water Quality Project
  • Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund – FY 2020 Intended Use Plan Third Quarter Update
  • Environmental Management System Annual Report
  • General Discussion
  • Items for Next Month’s Meeting
    • 22, 2020, at 10 a.m. – NRC/EPC Joint Meeting – Polk County
    • 22, 2020, at 1 p.m. – EPC Business Meeting – Polk County
    • 18, 2020, 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.