The Iowa DNR is seeking public ideas, comments and questions on improving water quality in the Raccoon River.
Portions of the river, which runs from Buena Vista County to Des Moines, are impaired by high levels of bacteria and nitrates. The bacteria can cause people recreating in rivers to become sick. Elevated nitrate levels cause problems with using the rivers as a drinking water source, including thousands of people in the Des Moines metro area.
Citizen involvement upstream is critical to achieve water quality goals. With public help, water quality improvement plans are being developed to address waters across the state considered as "impaired."
The local Iowa DNR public meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. at the Sac City Community Building, 1015 W. Main St. in Sac City. The public is encouraged to attend.