Iowa City Area Group


Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 7 PM, at the Coralville Public Library 

Featured Speaker: Iowa Department of Natural Resources Chief Chuck Gipp 

DNR chief Chuck Gipp will speak at a meeting of the Johnson County League of Women Voters on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 7 PM, at the Coralville Public Library.  Cosponsors of the event are The Iowa City area Group of Sierra Club and Environmental Advocates.

Mr. Gipp became Director of the the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on August 5, 2012.  Previously, he had served as Deputy Director of the department and Director of the Soil Conservation Division of the IA Department of Agriculture.  He served in the IA House from 1990-2007 and was Majority Leader of the House from 2000-2007.  Mr. Gipp was formerly a dairy farmer in the Decorah area.

Mr. Gipp will speak about water pollution issues in Iowa, specifically that of spills and discharges from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) which are of current concern to state agencies.

The lakes and streams of Iowa are been found to be polluted with sediment, microorganisms, and/or farm chemicals in all 99 counties.  Recently, the EPA, which delegates enforcement of the Clean Water Act to the DNR, has threatened to withdraw that delegation because it claims that the Iowa DNR’s program has failed to adequately regulate factory farm water pollution.  The state has responded with a new plan for regulation which relies on voluntary compliance to pollution abatement measures.  Environmental organizations are concerned that penalties for illegal discharges will be needed to adequately reduce pollution levels and improve water quality.

The League of Women Voters of the United States( LWVUS) has actively worked for safe drinking water since before the Clean Water Act was passed in 1987, protection of groundwater since 1990, and wetlands since 1996. The LWVUS supports water resource programs and policies that reflect the interrelationships of water quality, water quantity, groundwater and surface water and that address the potential depletion or pollution water supplies. The support covers groundwater, watersheds, lakes, streams and wetlands.

Comments to the Iowa DNR are being accepted through January 18, 2013

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