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Possible rule changes for Jordan Aquifer to be discussed Feb. 17

Is Toledo water supply source

February 13, 2015
From: Iowa Department of Natural Resources , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

DES MOINES - The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) will be asked to approve a Notice of Intended Action to initiate rulemaking changes governing the use of the Jordan Aquifer at its Feb. 17 meeting. The Jordan Aquifer is a significant well water source that extends underneath much of Iowa. A stakeholder group was tasked with evaluating the current rules, making recommendations and working with the DNR to develop rules for the recommendations that require rule changes.

The Jordan Aquifer is the source of water for the Toledo municipal water supply.

To protect the aquifer from overuse, a tiered classification system for existing and future Jordan wells was proposed that will require permits under the state's water allocation rules. Tiers are determined by pumping water levels. Tier 2 and Tier 3 wells would be required to have a site-specific water use reduction plan. Tier 1 wells would continue to follow standard water use reporting procedures.

Additionally, defined areas in Johnson, Linn and Webster counties would be added to the protected source rules, and only DNR would issue well construction permits inside of those defined areas.

Three public hearings are proposed for Coralville, Des Moines and Fort Dodge in April and a public comment period would end April 14, 2015, if the EPC approves the Notice of Intended Action for Jordan Aquifer rules changes during its meeting that begins at 10 a.m. at the DNR Air Quality Office Building at 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1 in Windsor Heights.



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