The Ottumwa Courier

September 18, 2013

State commission considers lake quality standards

Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The commission responsible for setting Iowa's water quality standards is expected to make a decision next month on whether to set new measurable standards for the state's lakes.

The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission listened to a presentation at its Tuesday meeting in Mason City from two environmental groups that have petitioned for stricter water quality standards.

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

The petition requires the commission to consider the proposed standards and either make new rules to carry them out or deny the petition within 60 days. The lakes that would see the effects of the standards include several in southeast Iowa.

The commission next meets Oct. 14 in Windsor Heights and is expected to announce its decision.