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CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held their meeting on site this month so that they could get a better understanding about what they’re supporting.
On Monday, the DNR and EPC members toured the landfill in Clearlake to see how thing operate and to talk about what could be better.
DNR chair member, Mary Boote, said that they have been trying to take their meetings outside of Des Moines to areas they talk about, but rarely see.
“We had a fabulous tour, really learned a lot about the facility that you have, the work that’s being done on environmental management within that facility,” Boote said.
Learning about the landfill in clear lake wasn’t the only thing on their agenda on Tuesday; water quality also made this month’s to-do list.
Iowa DNR Director, Chuck Gipp, was at the meetings and talked with us about the importance of maintaining water systems in north Iowa.
“Water quality is very much on the minds of Iowans today,” Gipp said, “not just because of the flooding and the drought that we’ve had and the importance of water but also water clarity and cleanliness.”
With Mason City and Clear Lake both having an abundance of water resources, from Clear Lake to the Winnebago River, the DNR recognizes this area as a main spot to focus on for maintaining and improving water quality.
“Improving water quality and knowing the importance of Clear Lake and the Winnebago River to the economic aspects of the Mason City, Clear Lake area is very important. So obviously water quality is very much on the minds of people in this area,” Gipp said.
They focused this meeting on a contract that would provide the DNR with more options for keeping track of local water quality.