BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council’s Utility Committee will be recommending to the City Council that they support a challenge to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy by the Iowa League of Cities. At the present time, the recommendation does not include any financial support. Utility Committee Chairman Gary Nystrom says the plan to deal with nutrient reduction will increase costs to residents by forcing the city to upgrade and expand the Water Environment Station in Boone, which already operates at a higher capacity than many communities. The Iowa League of Cities was recently successful in pursuing a challenge to EPA guidelines dealing with the treatment of storm water. The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the challenge because the EPA did not follow it’s rule making process. It’s very likely new rules will be under consideration at the federal level.
The nutrient reduction strategy was in the news at the beginning of the year when the final public comment time was occurring. The plan is part of a directive to deal with dead zone issues at the mouth of the Mississippi River at the Gulf of Mexico. Information on the Iowa plan is available from Iowa State University Extension.
4th District Congressman Steve King visited Boone recently and said the EPA Guidelines on nutrient reduction were a concern all through the new 4th District. He said state wide the impact could be billions of dollars.