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LEADERSHIP AGENDA

Environment 

  • By 2010, eliminate all impaired waterways.

Number of Impaired waterways
Water quality index of Iowa streams
Loans for community water quality improvement projects

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MEASURE:
Number of impaired waterways.

Data Source: Department of Natural Resources

 

Updated 11/21/06

GRAPH - Number of Impaired Stream Segments and Lakes in Iowa

Why this is important:
 Stream segments, lakes, and wetlands that are known to exceed one or more water quality standards are placed on the impaired waters list. Restoration of impaired waters increases the use of those water resources and raises the value of those resources to Iowans and local communities.


What we're doing about this:
Beginning in 2007, DNR will be developing restoration plans based on Iowa priorities. This should help us find communities interested in restoring their local waters so they may gain the benefits of improved water quality. To achieve success, it is essential that DNR find local watershed partners, as well as other federal and state partners, and that we work together to plan and implement water improvement plans.


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MEASURE:
Water quality index of Iowa streams.

Data Source: Department of Natural Resources

 

Updated 11/21/06

GRAPH - Iowa Streams Water Quality Index

Why this is important:
Good water quality is necessary for business, industrial and domestic uses, and an integral part of many quality-of-life pursuits that are so important to helping Iowa grow and flourish. The water quality index combines eight important physical, chemical and biological parameters and creates an integrated focus on overall water quality conditions and trends.

What we're doing about this:
The Iowa Water Quality Index reveals the need to improve Iowa's stream water quality across the state. DNR is seeking to establish priorities for the restoration of selected lakes, coldwater streams, warm water streams, wetlands, and vulnerable aquifers. Together with local leadership, these targeted watersheds will demonstrate the improvements we could be making everywhere.

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MEASURE:
Number of Iowans Benefiting from State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loans

Data Source: Iowa Finance Authority, State Revolving Fund

 

Updated 7/30/07

GRAPH - Loans for Community Water Quality Improvement Projects

Why this is important:
 Many Iowa communities have water quality needs, but lack the financial resources to address them. The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) provides the lowest cost funds for drinking water and wastewater facilities in Iowa. This program, known as the State Revolving Fund (SRF), receives federal/EPA grants that allow for low-interest loans to help communities affordably build or update water facilities. This saves money on citizens' water and sewer bills.


What we're doing about this:
IFA and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources jointly administer the State Revolving Fund that aids the construction and rehabilitation of Clean Water and Drinking Water infrastructure facilities. In an effort to encourage more communities to use the SRF, IFA launched marketing initiatives in FY06 designed to increase awareness of the program. Also, IFA has introduced new Planning & Design (P&D) Loans that offer zero percent interest for up to three years as interim financing for the first phases of developing a water facility. In FY07, IFA will exceed its goal of approving $10 million in P & D loans. Nearly $17 million in P & D loans were approved in FY07. The loans may be rolled into a SFR construction loan or can be repaid when permanent financing is committed. For 4th quarter 2007, 17 SFT loans closed totaling more than $17 million and 13 Planning and Design loans closed totaling over $4.1 million. As a result of the 4th quarter loan closings, over 186,000 Iowans will benefit from improvements to their drinking water and waste water infrastructures. In total 487,000 Iowans saw an improvement to their water infrastructures in FY2007.

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