The Iowa Department of Natural Resource is seeking public input on proposed new rules on the Clean Water Act’s requirements for animal feeding operations.
Input is being requested related to the following issues:
1. Defining the conditions that could lead to an illegal manure spill.
2. Identifying the risk factors that the DNR should consider when making Clean Water Act permit determinations.
3. Determining the language specifying who has the obligation to apply for a permit.
4. Revising Iowa’s technical and water quality standards to specify the proper application of manure on farm fields.
5. Developing a plan for public availability of information related to inspections, permitting decisions and manure spill reports.

Meetings that have been scheduled around the state include:

• Mason City — May 6, 6 p.m., Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Road.
• Spencer — May 7, 6 p.m., Clay County Administration Building Boardroom, 300 W. 4th Street.
• Carroll — May 8, 6 p.m., Carroll County Courthouse Meeting Room, 114 E. 6th Street.
• Des Moines — May 9, 11 a.m., Wallace State Office Building, Fourth Floor Conference Room, 502 E. 9th Street.
• Calmar — May 12, 6 p.m., Northeast Iowa Community College Dairy Center, Room 115, 1527 Highway 150 South.
• Ainsworth — May 13, 6 p.m., Washington County Conservation Board Education Center, Marr Park, 2943 Highway 92.

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled meetings, comments on these and other aspects of the plan may also be sent to DNR staff Gene Tinker before May 13 at Gene.Tinker@dnr.iowa.gov.