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IDNR Seeking Public Comment On Newly Released Draft Impaired Water List

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the newly released draft impaired waters list. This report identifies surface waters that do not fully meet all applicable state water quality standards for their intended use and that need a water quality improvement plan. Of the 1,421 water segments studied, which include portions of rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands, 363 segments fully met the Iowa water quality standards for their intended use, while 523 segments were identified as waters in need of further investigation and 767 segments did not fully meet the standards needed for their intended use and were impaired. A number of waterways in Southeast Iowa were identified as in need of attention, they include: Cedar Creek, Crow Creek, Des Moines River, Fairfield Reservoirs #1 and #2, Lake Darling. Segema and Wapello, Ottumwa Parks ponds and lagoon as well as the Skunk River.  

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