How Iowa is Addressing Environmental Justice
- How Does Iowa Define Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice Communities?
- How Does Iowa Consider Environmental Justice in its Substantive Actions?
- How Does Iowa Address Environmental Justice in its Procedures?
- Additional Iowa Environmental Justice Provisions
- Iowa Environmental Justice Contacts
- Where to Find Iowa Environmental Justice Laws, Policies, and Tools
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How Does Iowa Define Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice Communities?
Environmental Justice Definitions
Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has no definitions nor information on Environmental Justice programs within the state government.
Environmental Justice Mapping Tools
How Does Iowa Consider Environmental Justice in its Substantive Actions?
Environmental Justice as a Policy of the Environmental Agency or Across All Agencies
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Permitting
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Enforcement
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Land Use
State Environmental Policy Act “Mini-NEPA”
Dedicated Funding to Environmental Justice Communities
Consideration of Cumulative Impacts
Prohibitions on Disparate Impact Discrimination
Not expressly; however, the Iowa Civil Rights Act (including Iowa Code 216.7 applicable to DNR) is accepted as extending to disparate impact discrimination.
Established Environmental Rights
How Does Iowa Address Environmental Justice in its Procedures?
Environmental Justice as Part of Environmental Agency’s Mission
Environmental Justice as Part of Other Agency’s Mission
Processes and Procedures (including Title VI)
Iowa DEQ does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, English-language proficiency, disability, or age in the administration of its programs or activities in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
Additionally, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has a Civil Rights Bureau to handle Title VI complaints; complaints may be filed online.
Grievance procedure forms are available on the DNR’s website.
Enhanced Public Participation and Information Access
Iowa DNR has a Limited English Proficiency Plan available for download. The document is broken into sections on definitions, a recognition for demand, determining the need for language assistance, preferences for language assistance providers, vital documents, plan access, and plan updating.
Consultation with Indigenous Communities and Tribal Nations
Governmental Environmental Justice Structures, Positions, and Funding Streams
Environmental Justice Coordinating Agency
Environmental Justice Coordinator
Rachel Zander is the acting environmental justice coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Environmental Justice Advisory Board
Funding for Environmental Justice
Additional Iowa Environmental Justice Provisions
While Iowa has almost no information on environmental justice programs, It should be noted, however, that almost 30% of the state’s public water supplies are threatened by nitrate pollution. Nitrate’s classification as a carcinogen, and the vulnerability of less affluent communities to water quality issues render this contamination a classic environmental justice issue.
Iowa Environmental Justice Contacts
Acting Environmental Justice Coordinator
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
502 E 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319
Where to Find Iowa Environmental Justice Laws, Policies, and Tools
Legislation and Statutes