Category Archives: IDNR News

News and Actions by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa files to dismiss ICCI public trust water quality lawsuit

I am closely watching an environmental lawsuit filed on March 27, 2019, in the Polk County, Iowa district court against the State of Iowa and several officials and departments. The lawsuit was filed by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI) … Continue reading

Posted in IDNR News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Board of Water Works Trustees of the City of Des Moines, Iowa v. Sac County Board of Supervisors, et al.

On March 16, 2015, Des Moines Waterworks (“DMWW”) filed a Complaint in the Federal District Court for Northern Iowa against several drainage districts in Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac counties. A total of ten separate counts were alleged. Counts I … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, IDNR News, Uncategorized, USEPA News | Leave a comment

Iowa District Court Vacates DNR fish kill counting method as improper

Iowa District Court Judge Rustin Davenport recently issued an order vacating the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (“IDNR”) restitution assessment against Monroe Branstad, a  Forest City, Iowa farmer. The case began in 2010 when the IDNR issued a restitution assessment … Continue reading

Posted in IDNR News, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Iowa Republicans Unveil their Taxpayer First Act

Today the Iowa House Republicans have rolled out their first bill, the Taxpayers First Act. Since we have a legislature divided between Republicans and Democrats, it is hard to know how much, if any, of this bill will make it … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, IDNR News

Farm and Industry Groups Challenge Iowa’s Antidegradation Rules

Today the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, and the Iowa Water Environment Association filed a petition for judicial review and request for stay of agency action in the Polk County, Iowa district court. Defendants in the … Continue reading

Posted in IDNR News

Iowa Litigation Roundup

April 12, 2010 . Lincolnway Energy, LLC, agreed to pay $176,750 in civil penalties for air pollution and water pollution violations at Lincolnway’s ethanol production plant in Nevada, Iowa. The state lawsuit alleged Lincolnway violated air pollution control regulations by: … Continue reading

Posted in IDNR News, USEPA News | Leave a comment

Legislative bill to allow application of manure on snow blows through Iowa House

House File 2324 is on a very fast track. It was introduced on the 8th by Zirkelbach, immediately referred to Ag, referred to a subcommittee on the 9th and the committee report recommending passage was issued that same day. I … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, IDNR News | Leave a comment