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Water Improvement Plans

When the DNR completes a draft version of a Water Quality Improvement Plan, the public will have an opportunity to review the draft document and make comments. The DNR will respond to all comments received during the public comment period and include the comments and responses in the Water Quality Improvement Plan. The public can also attend a public meeting, held near the middle of the public comment period, to discuss the Water Quality Improvement Plan with the DNR and partner groups involved in its development.  After the public comment period ends, the DNR will package up the document to submit to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their approval.  Only after the EPA approves the plan is it considered a Final Water Quality Improvement Plan.

Public Meetings:

ATTENTION: In response to novel coronavirus and COVID-19, Departmental policy on employee travel and public meetings has been recently updated. In the interest of protecting the health of our employees and citizens that we serve, ALL public meetings involving the Statewide Beach Bacteria Draft TMDL have been CANCELLED for the immediate future.

A virtual meeting may be developed as a placeholder, but in the interest of continuing to gather stakeholder input the public comment period has been EXTENDED to May 18, 2020.

NEW: Please see this YouTube video presentation that will serve as the stand-in for an in-person public meeting for the Statewide Beach Bacteria Draft TMDL.

Draft Water Quality Improvement Plans for Comment:

The 45-day public comment period for the Statewide Beach Bacteria Draft TMDL is open starting March 5, 2020 and has been EXTENDED to May 18,  2020.

You may submit public comments via:

Email: jeff.berckes@dnr.iowa.gov


Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Attn: Jeff Berckes
502 E. 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Water Quality Improvement Plans Pending EPA Approval:
Eldred Sherwood Lake


Final Water Quality Improvement Plans
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