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Housing & Development

Conditions Favorable In September

Conditions remain favorable during September across the state with streamflow remaining above normal and no areas of drought. September was unusually warm with temperatures averaging more than 5 degrees above normal.

Register Now for the Iowa Groundwater Association Conference

Those interested in well safety and groundwater quality should plan to attend the Iowa Groundwater Association’s fall conference Oct. 22 at the Terry Trueblood Center, 4213 Sand Road SE in Iowa City, with local tours on Oct. 21.

Septic Maintenance Vital To Protect People And Water

Back-ups and overflows can occur when homeowners “flush and forget” about their septic systems. Household wastewater carries disease-causing bacteria and viruses, chemicals, and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. By taking small steps to maintain septic systems, homeowners can protect their property and the environment, save on costly repairs and ensure systems are functioning properly.

Seven Communities to Compete for $15,000 Strong Communities Award

Who helped with the recruitment of new business and jobs after losing a major community employer? Who supported the needs of small and micro businesses? Who was instrumental in the construction of a business and community center? FHLB Des Moines members!

Settlement with Current and Former Owners of Chemical Facility in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, to...

EPA Region 7 has reached a proposed settlement with the current and former owners of the former Townsend Industries Facility, a chemical storage and handling site in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, to address hazardous waste contamination in groundwater resulting from business operations in the 1970s and 1980s.

Wastewater Discharge In Burlington Saturday

Following a brief power outage Saturday night, the city of Burlington discharged partially treated wastewater to the Mississippi River. When a breaker tripped at 10:14 p.m., the power loss shut off all pumps causing partially treated wastewater to fill and overflow from processing tanks at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The city reports 27,000 gallons discharged to the river before pumping resumed.

Branstad, Reynolds announce broadband expansion to nearly 90,000 homes across Iowa

Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today were joined at the administration’s weekly press conference by leaders from CenturyLink, Windstream, Frontier and Consolidated Communications to announce that the companies will expand broadband internet services across Iowa to nearly 90,000 homes. The broadband internet expansion, a priority of the Branstad-Reynolds administration, was made possible by $53.2 million in grants from the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF)

Second Industrial Wastewater Discharge at Roquette In Keokuk

Roughly another 3,500 gallons of industrial wastewater discharged Monday night following the morning discharge of 500 gallons at the Roquette America, Inc. plant in Keokuk. The discharge began about 5 p.m. when an expansion joint on a condensate pump failed, discharging the condensate to the Mississippi River.

Public Meeting to Discuss Reissuance of Water Quality Permit for Mine and Quarry Discharges

The DNR will hold a public stakeholder meeting Aug. 25 to collect public comments on the proposed reissuance of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit #5.

Grassley to Hold Town Meetings in Eight Iowa Communities

Senator Chuck Grassley will hold eight town meetings in Poweshiek, Tama, Osceola, Plymouth, Clay, Palo Alto, Emmet and Dickinson counties during the week of August 24, 2015, as part of his annual 99-county meetings.

One-Time Opportunity for Rural Iowa Communities Concerned with Abandoned Buildings

Starting Aug. 10, small Iowa communities (populations of 5,000 or less) can apply for funding to perform asbestos inspections on neglected buildings in a special round of funding from the DNR’s Derelict Building Grant Program.

Public Meet to Discuss Reissuance of Water Quality Permit for Mine and Quarry Discharges

The DNR will hold a public stakeholder meeting Aug. 25 to collect public comments on the proposed reissuance of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit #5

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Iowa Declaration

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Iowa.

Boil Advisory Due To Water Pressure Loss In Woodward

The city of Woodward in Dallas County lost water pressure about 11 p.m. Thursday night during repairs to valves in a water main.. All residents should boil water until tests show that water is free from bacterial contamination and safe to drink

HUD Releases Audit of Omaha Housing Authority After Grassley’s Prodding

Sen. Chuck Grassley asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a copy of an audit of the Omaha Housing Authority, following a series of Nebraska Watchdog stories.  HUD has released the audit at Grassley’s urging.  Grassley is a long-time advocate for government transparency and for making sure HUD conducts proper oversight of the billions of federal dollars deemed to provide safe, affordable housing for those in need.  Grassley made the following comment on the audit and its release


HUD Secretary Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller Unveil First...

WASHINGTON, DC - August 3, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced today the launch of the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement’s first public service announcement (PSA) television ad titled “Homeowner Help.” The PSA, which can be viewed at www.hud.gov and www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com, is designed to educate homeowners about the resources available to them through the mortgage servicing settlement.


EPA Awards $12.3 Million to State of Iowa for Critical Water...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has awarded $12,326,000 to Iowa’s drinking water revolving loan program funds to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment