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DES MOINES—Contracts, grants and proposed water rule changes are on the Environmental Protection Commission’s May 19 agenda.
Commissioners will meet by teleconference at 10:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public via conference call by dialing 216-505-9946 and entering 208 540 651 # following the prompt. There is no scheduled public participation. Written comments may be submitted up to one day before the meeting to Jerah Sheets at Jerah.Sheets@dnr.iowa.gov or to DNR, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319.
DNR will present information about the popular derelict building program, which is designed to remove environmental hazards, improve community appearance and minimize costs by recycling and reusing building materials. Generally, grants totaling $400,000 per year are available for rural communities of less than 5,000 residents to remove or renovate abandoned buildings.
Also up for approval, changes to drinking water and wastewater rules for delegation of construction permitting authority. The updates allow local public works departments and rural water systems to permit sewer and water main extensions. Changes to budget criteria used to evaluate water use annual fees and publishing public notices for water use permits are also up for approval.
Commissioners will be asked to approve the following contracts:
The complete agenda follows:
Find more information at http://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/Boards-Commissions.
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; and Howard Hill, Cambridge. Kayla Lyon is the DNR director.