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City of Pleasantville holds ribbon cutting for State Revolving Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Project

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The City of Pleasantville, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Shadle Park on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the completion of Pleasantville’s State Revolving Fund Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Project, in conjunction with Soil and Water Conservation Week.  

Speakers for the event include Joe Mrstik, Pleasantville City Administrator, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Ed Tormey, Acting Division Administrator of Environmental Services Division of the Iowa DNR, and Nate Carhoff and Jordan Stoermer from Snyder & Associates.

Students from the Pleasantville School District will be installing native prairie plants in the bioretention cells as an educational component of the project. The student activity will take place before the ribbon cutting.

“This project is just one example of many projects across the state that allows cities to address and improve water quality measures in their communities,” said Acting DNR Environmental Services Division Administrator Ed Tormey. “The City of Pleasantville has implemented some cutting-edge efforts through this project. This is a great example of how important the SRF program is to our state and the communities.”

“Urban water quality projects allow partners and local stakeholders to work together and take actionable steps that support the Nutrient Reduction Strategy,” said Naig. “I commend Pleasantville for their commitment to improving Shadle Park.”

Through the Sponsored Project Program, Pleasantville developed a project to address a water quality concern in its community. The project includes permeable pavers, bioretention cells, and soil quality restoration at Shadle Park. These practices collectively capture and treat stormwater from the park before it runs into Shadle Park Pond to prevent nutrients and sediment from entering the water.

The Sponsored Project Program enables communities like Pleasantville to fund a locally-directed, watershed-based, non-point source water quality improvement project. The Sponsored Project Program is implemented through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), a loan program for construction of wastewater improvement projects.

On a typical CWSRF loan, principal is borrowed for the wastewater project and the borrower repays the principal plus interest and fees. On a CWSRF loan with a sponsored project, principal is borrowed for both the wastewater project and the sponsored project. In return the interest rate of the CWSRF loan is reduced so the borrower does not pay any more than they would have for just the wastewater project. Effectively, two water quality projects can be completed for the cost of one.

The Shadle Park project was made possible through partnerships with multiple groups and agencies, including the City of Pleasantville, Snyder & Associates, and the State Revolving Fund, which is jointly administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Finance Authority with technical assistance provided by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. 

Tags:  IDNR  Pleasantville  SRF  Water 

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Notice of Expiration of Current Certificate for Iowa Certified Water and Wastewater Operators

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is notifying all certified Water Treatment, Water Distribution, and Wastewater operators that their current Iowa certificate will expire on June 30, 2019.

Renewal Applications: Renewal applications will be available as of May 1st under each operator’s individual details on our on-line database. Notifications will be sent out on May 3-4, via the U.S. mail. We are encouraging operators to renew on-line using a credit card or electronic check.

Continuing Education Renewal Requirements: Continuing education hours are still being reported to the DNR, and we are still missing quite a few from February and March classes. If your CEUs did not appear online after April 18th, please contact Beth at Elizabeth.Feilmeier@dnr.iowa.gov or call 515-725-0463.

For renewal on June 30, 2019, you are required to earn the amount of CEUs required by the certificate(s) you held on April 1, 2017. Please note: If you are not required to earn CEUs this renewal period, you still must complete the renewal application and pay the appropriate fee.

Tags:  CEUs  IDNR  Water 

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2019 IAMU Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Workshops

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Do you need help completing the Consumer Confidence Report? If so, this workshop is for you! The goal of the workshop is for each participant to leave with an understanding, or refresher, of what the CCR is and why it needs to be completed.


The CCR workshops will be held on the dates/locations below:

(Please click the dates for more information & registration)

April 16: Alta
Community Building, 27 N. Lake St. (N. of Hwy. 7, W. of Buena Vista Raceway)

April 17: Mason City
Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Rd. (N. edge of Mason City off Hwy. 65)

April 18: Independence
Falcon Civic Center, 1305 5th Avenue NE

April 19: North Liberty
(*New Location) North Liberty Water Treatment Plant, 433 South Front St., North Liberty, IA 52317

April 24: Ankeny
IAMU Training & Office Complex, 1735 NE 70th Ave

May 3: Atlantic
(*New Location) Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th St., Atlantic, IA 50022


 Important! Please bring the following items to the workshop:
  • IDNR Draft CCR mailed in March 2019
  • If you operate a surface water system: You must bring your turbidity information. Highest single measurement and the lowest monthly percentage of samples meeting turbidity limits from 2018 calendar year
  • If you add Fluoride, bring the highest and lowest lab results from 2018
  • Jump (flash) drive for ease of saving

Hope to see you there!

Tags:  CCR  IDNR  Water 

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2019 IAMU Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Workshops

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Do you need help completing the Consumer Confidence Report? If so, this workshop is for you! The goal of the workshop is for each participant to leave with an understanding, or refresher, of what the CCR is and why it needs to be completed.


The CCR workshops will be held on the dates/locations below:

(Please click the dates for more information & registration)

April 16: Alta
Community Building, 27 N. Lake St. (N. of Hwy. 7, W. of Buena Vista Raceway)

April 17: Mason City
Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Rd. (N. edge of Mason City off Hwy. 65)

April 18: Independence
Falcon Civic Center, 1305 5th Avenue NE

April 19: North Liberty
(*New Location) North Liberty Water Treatment Plant, 433 South Front St., North Liberty, IA 52317

April 24: Ankeny
IAMU Training & Office Complex, 1735 NE 70th Ave

May 3: Atlantic
(*New Location) Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th St., Atlantic, IA 50022


 Important! Please bring the following items to the workshop:
  • IDNR Draft CCR mailed in March 2019
  • If you operate a surface water system: You must bring your turbidity information. Highest single measurement and the lowest monthly percentage of samples meeting turbidity limits from 2018 calendar year
  • If you add Fluoride, bring the highest and lowest lab results from 2018
  • Jump (flash) drive for ease of saving

Hope to see you there!

Tags:  CCR  IDNR  Water 

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Water Advisories in Place for Southwest Iowa Communities

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Southwest Iowa continues to deal with massive flooding. Here is the latest updated from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on the flooding’s impact on water supplies.

SOUTHWEST IOWA – This morning the City of Glenwood's water treatment plant was inundated by the floodwaters, forcing the plant to be shut down and city officials have issued a boil water advisory.

Trucks will be hauling approximately 300,000 gallons per day from the cities of Red Oak and Shenandoah to Glenwood's water treatment plant in the meantime.

Glenwood's water treatment plant connection to the City of Pacific Junction has been completely shut off to conserve what water is remaining. 

Earlier this week, the City of Hamburg's water treatment plant was inundated by floodwaters and was shut down. Water will be trucked in from the City of Shenandoah to Hamburg and a bottled water advisory is in effect for residents.

Further updates on these situations will be provided as soon as they become available.

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Tags:  Flooding  IDNR 

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