The Ottumwa Courier

October 14, 2013

State board rejects petition for water standards

Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission has rejected a petition calling on the state to set measurable water standards to clean up Iowa lakes.

The commission voted unanimously during a meeting in Des Moines Monday.

The Iowa Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center filed the petition in August saying Iowa's plan for reducing phosphorous and nitrogen that pollute lakes is inadequate and doesn't meet federal standards.

The petition calls on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to set standards to protect 159 of Iowa's publicly owned lakes. The DNR urged the commission to deny the petition, arguing that the department needs time to see how other water quality efforts are working.

The nine-member commission is responsible for setting water quality standards and overseeing pollution control efforts.