Every three years the Department of Natural Resources reviews water quality standards. As part of the review, the DNR solicits public comments on the standards. These comments can be submitted in writing. The DNR prioritizes issues identified in the comments and develops a work plan to address those concerns.

The review process is part of a triennial review process required by the federal Clean Water Act. The process ensures that state Water Quality Standards listed in the Iowa Administrative Code are up to date. These standards are intended to ensure that Iowa’s waters can be used for recreation, that water is safe to drink, and that the state is protected from floods. Additional information on the specific water quality standards, as well as the process, can be found at: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water-Quality/Water-Quality-Standards.

Written comments can be submitted by mail to Matthew Dvorak, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319. Comments can also be submitted by email to matthew.dvorak@dnr.iowa.gov. Comments are due by March 30th, 2018.