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Says DNR correct on Lake Delhi

November 1, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

To the Editor:

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently sent a letter to the Lake Delhi Water Quality District, indicating that the District must do much more to provide public access and protect water quality before $5 million in public funds are distributed to rebuild the Lake Delhi Dam.

The DNR's insistence makes total sense -- and it's the law.

It is a serious disservice that a couple legislators have said the DNR is "throwing up roadblocks" and the DNR requirements are unduly burdensome.

In fact, it was the Legislature that put explicit conditions on public funding to rebuild the Delhi dam. Senate File 2316, the act authorizing $5 million in State money, said the Lake District must complete plans "to increase public access areas" and "to address wastewater treatment systems for homeowners in an effort to reduce pollution and increase water quality at the lake."

But the DNR has determined that the Lake District's plans to increase public access and address wastewater treatment systems for homeowners are simply "not adequate."

In fact, the vague and skimpy plans presented by the Lake District fall woefully short of seriously addressing these and other concerns. They don't pass muster as reflecting the Lake District being a serious and competent partner with the DNR and the Legislature -- and all Iowa taxpayers -- in this project.

The Legislature imposed conditions to protect the $5 million investment of public funds, and the DNR is right to insist the conditions are fulfilled.

Rosalyn Lehman

Executive Director

Iowa Rivers Revival



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