Water protection practice standards—update of reference to forestry technical guide, 12.83
SOIL CONSERVATION AND WATER QUALITY DIVISION
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to forestry technical guide and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Soil Conservation and Water Quality Division hereby proposes to amend Chapter 12, "Water Protection Practices—Water Protection Fund," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 161A.4(1).
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 161A.2.
Purpose and Summary
The proposed amendment updates the reference to the Department of Natural Resources' forestry technical guide.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Division for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 27—Chapter 8.
Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Division no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 26, 2018. Comments should be directed to:
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Wallace State Office Building
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making action is proposed:
Amend rule 27—12.83(161C) as follows:
27—12.83(161C) Practice standards and specifications. Soil and water conservation practices shall meet Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation standards and specifications where applicable. These standards may be accessed through the electronic field office technical guide at http://efotg.nrcs.usda.gov/efotg_locator.aspx?map=IA.
Tree planting, forest stand improvement, site preparation for natural regeneration and rescue treatment standards may be accessed through the department of natural resource's forestry technical guide found at http://www.iowadnr.com/forestry/pdf/techguide.pdf www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/forestry/ForestryTechguide.pdf.
Standards and specifications are also available in hard copy in the district office where the practice will be implemented. These specifications and the general conditions, rule 27—10.81(161A), shall be met in all cases. To the extent of any inconsistency between the general conditions and the specifications, the general conditions shall control.