LBNRD mulling new program to help with nitrates

DAVENPORT — Directors of the Little Blue Natural Resources District will consider establishing a program to assist municipalities districtwide — including the city of Hastings — that are facing water quality issues related to non-point source pollution.

Following lengthy discussion here Tuesday evening, the board’s Water Resources Committee voted 6-3 to recommend approval of such a program, with a funding level to be set at $20 per village or city resident over a five-year period.

Municipalities would be able to apply for the assistance once every 10 years. The board probably would be able to prioritize applications for funding in a particular year based on the amount of money available in that year’s NRD budget, said Mike Onnen, district general manager.

The Little Blue NRD encompasses all of Thayer County and portions of Adams, Webster, Clay, Nuckolls, Fillmore and Jefferson counties. Headquarters are in Davenport.

For the city of Hastings, figuring a population of 24,907, the proposed program could provide $498,140 over a five-year period to help address nitrate contamination of the drinking water supply.

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