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Grant Opportunity: Local Iowa Groups Can Receive Financial Assistance to Launch Clean Water Campaigns

Posted By IAMU, 23 hours ago

Beginning July 12, Iowa groups looking for help implementing innovative, regional and locally led Clean Water Awareness and Education Campaigns can apply for funding from the Iowa DNR Watershed Improvement Section.

Through a grant program, the DNR looks for proposals that clearly demonstrate an ability to put in place innovative, targeted, impactful and sustainable Clean Water Awareness and Education Campaigns.

The DNR seeks to award grants to eligible local entities to develop and implement locally led Clean Water Awareness and Education programs. Educational campaigns will improve public knowledge of and promote actions to reduce nonpoint source pollution and improve water quality. The DNR seeks projects that will use innovative methods for reaching diverse audiences and stakeholder groups.

Campaigns must be achievable in the grant's 18-month timeframe and within the funding amount requested.

Applications are due by close of business Aug. 31. Successful applicants will be awarded contracts likely beginning Nov.  20, 2018, and ending May 15, 2020 (18 months).

These grants were developed after the DNR contracted with the University of Northern Iowa to survey Iowa’s residents in 2015 to measure their knowledge of water quality and identify potential behavior changes. This is the next step in the Nonpoint Source Management Plan. (For more details, see Objective 2.5 of Goal 2 of Iowa’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan and the results of the survey). The survey will be repeated when grant-based educational campaigns are completed to track progress.

For more information and grant application materials, visit iowadnr.gov/watershed. Contact Steve Konrady, DNR, at 515-725-8388 or Steven.Konrady@dnr.iowa.gov with your questions.

Tags:  Grant Opportunity  iDNR  Water 

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Iowa Public Drinking Water Program 2017 Annual Compliance Report

Posted By IAMU, 23 hours ago

Under the 1996 reauthorized Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the State of Iowa is required to publish an annual report of the status of its public drinking water program.  The 2017 report is available electronically here.

The report was compiled by the staff of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Water Supply Engineering and Operations Sections, using data collected in 2017 from all active public water supplies in the state.  The report contains a summary of the program, a description of the requirements that systems must meet, the year’s violation statistics, and the list of the systems with each health-based standard or major monitoring or reporting violation incurred during the year. 

The photographs in the report are from Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund projects, primarily those that were completed during the year.  The maps depict the public water supply system universe in Iowa and the locations of the systems that incurred the health-based standards and major monitoring and reporting violations.  The maps are also separately listed on the website.

Iowa had 1,841 active public water supply systems in 2017. Of those systems, 95.8% were in compliance with all health-based drinking water standards, and 80.8% were in compliance with all major monitoring and reporting requirements. There were no waterborne disease outbreaks or deaths attributed to the drinking water at any active public water supply in Iowa during the year.

If you have any questions about the report, please contact Diane Moles.  It is anticipated that the report will be presented to the Environmental Protection Commission at their August or September meeting. 

Tags:  iDNR  SDWA  Water 

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OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach Course - August 15-16

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

This course will explain OSHA’s role in worker safety and health, jobsite hazard recognition, correction and prevention methods and how to read the OSHA standards. Participants will receive a completion card from the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA certifying successful completion of this OSHA 10-Hour course. 29 CFR 1926 CFR Book & course material furnished.

*A Certificate of Completion will be provided to attendees.

Who Should Attend:

This basic safety course is recommended for workers and supervisors, or those who have been given the task of developing and managing their employer’s safety program.


*If you hire Contractors:
Many cities also require their contractors to maintain a safety program to be eligible to work for them. The OSHA 10-Hour course will help those owners, managers, and employees develop a solid safety foundation at their company to hopefully avoid incidents while working for the city or utility. Hiring a contractor to perform work for the city/utility does not eliminate all liabilities to the city.

 

Location:

IAMU Training and Office Complex

1735 NE 70th Avenue

Ankeny, IA  50021

Cost:

$200 per IAMU Member participant

$240 per Non-Member participant


Questions?

Contact Larry Banwart at (800) 810-4268 or lbanwart@iamu.org.

 

Click HERE for registration and additional information.

Tags:  OSHA  OSHA 10-Hour  Safety  Safety Services 

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ALERT: Wireless Providers May Be Sending Misleading Letter to Cities to Sign

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) wants to let members know that some wireless providers may be asking city officials to “sign on” to a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). IAMU and the National League of Cities, strongly urge city officials not to sign on to the letter.

According to the National League of Cities, at least two wireless providers have been reaching out to local leaders asking that they sign on to/send a letter to the FCC urging federal rulemaking on small cell wireless facilities siting. The letter is being pitched to city officials as a way to show support for the growth and potential of 5G technology. However, the wireless industry is using the letter to demonstrate city support for FCC rulemaking that would harm cities. The FCC can and likely may use the letters to justify preemption. Initially, the rulemaking may sound reasonable, particularly to those unfamiliar with small cell preemption issues, but the rulemaking likely would be used to undercut local authority.

“IAMU strongly urges you or your local leaders to decline any requests to sign any letter from a wireless provider regarding FCC federal rulemaking on small cell wireless facilities siting,” said Tim Whipple, IAMU General Counsel. “If you have any questions, please reach out to us. IAMU is here to support your community’s best interests.”

See below for an example of the language in this sample letter. Several cities across the country have already filed versions of these letters with the FCC. Again, IAMU strongly urges you to decline any requests to sign this letter. If you or your city is interested in filing something with the FCC in support of local authority, please contact IAMU.

An excerpt from the misleading letter:

“As mayor of (city), I know that technology fosters ingenuity and economic growth in our cities and towns. That is why it’s critical we work together to bring small cells and, ultimately, 5G to cities across the nation. Your efforts to create model infrastructure rules that expedite small cell deployment while retaining reasonable protections for city rights-of-way should be applauded.

Expediting small wireless facility deployment is critical to delivering wireless access to advanced technology, broadband, and 911 services to residences, businesses, and schools. At the same time, cities should establish a fair and predictable process that retains protections for rights-of-way. A smart small cell policy should include:

  • Comprehensive but transparent guidelines;
  •  Reasonable compensation; and
  •  Expedited yet thorough review timeline.

Through a thoughtful approach to small cells, some cities are working diligently to pave the way for the future while protecting the needs of the city. While some cities have moved quickly, others may benefit form a model policy that accelerates small cell deployments while retaining fair and reasonable protections for cities.

Working together we can provide a smart policy that fosters the technology needs of tomorrow and protecting the rights of cities throughout the country.

Thank you for your efforts to help ensure our cities remain competitive and encourage ongoing investment in our future.”

Questions about the letter or what you should do? Contact Tim Whipple, IAMU General Counsel, at 515.289.1999 or twhipple@iamu.org.

Tags:  legislative  member alert  small cell 

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IAMU Members Can Save on Adventureland Tickets

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

IAMU members can save $10 on regular admission tickets to Adventureland (ages 10 and older) and $5 on children’s tickets (ages 4 - 9) for the rest of this season.

Questions? Email Ross@adventurelandpark.com

Tags:  Adventureland  Member Perks 

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