DNR Seeks Public Comment on Certification and Antidegradation Review

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments for Section 401 Water Quality Certification of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regional Permits 34, 39, and 11-02.

Regional Permits (RPs) are general permits authorizing certain activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which involve the discharge of dredged or fill material into United States waters.

RP 34 authorizes the placement of fill material in United States waters for conservation reserve and conservation reserve program enhancement activities.

RP 39 authorizes the placement of fill materials in United States waters for the targeted improvement of water quality of constructed/rehabilitated wetlands.

RP 11-02 authorizes fill materials placed in United States waters for flood protection measures and restoration, repair, or reconstruction activities.

Applicants applying for approval to discharge into United States waters must also have a DNR Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certification. With few exceptions, projects authorized using a regional permit with MNR certification do not require individual MNR certification. The exceptions identified in the anti-degradation implementation procedure (2010 and 2016) require individual certification.

Written comments regarding the certification and anti-degradation review can be submitted until 4:30 p.m. on May 5. Please send your written comments by email to [email protected] or by mail to Iowa DNR, Attn: Section 401 Water Quality Certification, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines IA 50319.

View the proposed certification and anti-degradation review under MNR Public Notices on the MNR Water Quality Certification Section 401 website.

Direct your questions to Christine Schwake at 515-725-8399 or [email protected]

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