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Iowa DNR seeks citizen input on new permits covering wastewater discharges to soil and streams

This news story was published on February 13, 2018.
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Shell Rock River near Mason City

DES MOINES – The DNR is seeking public comment on proposed rules that will create two new general permits covering a variety of wastewater discharges to Iowa soils and streams.

The DNR will hold three public hearings across the state in March. DNR will present the latest information about proposed new requirements and take comments orally or in writing.

DNR plans to issue two new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits known as General Permit #8 (GP8) and General Permit #9 (GP9). GP8 allows for discharges of hydrostatic test water (water used to test the integrity of a pipe or tank), underground storage tank ballast water (water used to weight a tank to facilitate underground installation), and water associated with installation, repair, and replacement of potable water lines. GP9 allows for discharges from dewatering associated with construction and small residential geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Information from Iowa DNR

The DNR is proposing to include eligibility criteria and Best Management Practices. These will ensure that discharges will comply with water quality standards. Most permittees will be automatically authorized to discharge. Only a few higher-risk dischargers will need to submit a Notice of Intent. There is no fee for GP8 or GP9.

The public is invited to attend the hearings:

1.     Wednesday, Mar. 7, 4 p.m. at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 Fifth St., Coralville.

2.     Thursday, Mar. 8, 4 p.m. at the Harlan Public Library, 718 Court St., Harlan.

3.     Wednesday, Mar. 14, 4 p.m. at the Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th St., Urbandale.

People may also file written comments on the proposed rulemaking on or before midnight on March 19th. Written comments or questions regarding the proposed rulemaking should be directed to Wendy Hieb, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, NPDES Section, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309-0034; via fax at 515-725-8202; or via email at

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6 Responses to Iowa DNR seeks citizen input on new permits covering wastewater discharges to soil and streams

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 14, 2018 at 9:14 am

    People are wondering where old Bartz – worth county supervisor is getting all his money to buy farmland in the area ?? Anyone have a clue or maybe some foreign corporation is using him as a front man ?

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 14, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Here is some input – The DNR is owned by outside interests – Factory farms and foreign companies who do not have the best interests for the non farm residents of Iowa – China owns 25% of all meat production in the USA and most likely more than that in Iowa.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 14, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Abrams = worth county supervisor = Abrams tiling company worth county Ia. ???

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 14, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Hell ! – here in worth county taxpayers pay tens of thousands per month to dig drainage ditches for farmers field run off – pig shit and farm chemicals that go directly into Iowas waterways (over 700 of them now poisoned) – this article is just a bullshit diversion of that fact and like a good democrap has little truth to its nature.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 14, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Stop the tiling and you will clean up the rivers and streams. Nothing to filter the dirty water when they tile.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Modern farm chemicals on the cheap hampers the flourishing of life in our waterways. Crayfish are a key indicator and they never have rebounded in this modern era. You got a long road ahead you so start with these cheaper chemicals geared towards profit. Nix them!