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    Tuesday, August 02, 2016
    Donnellson Receives Governor’s Excellence Award
    Water Quality Initiatives Get Recognized by State
    Donnellson has a population of just over 900 residence and is up for the award because of their recent water quality initiatives.

    Melanie Carlson project manager at French-Reneker, an engineering firm in Fairfield, says that the firm worked with the city to undertake and complete several water quality projects within the small Lee County community.

    Carlson says the water quality projects included upgrading the wastewater treatment plant, stabilizing the banks at the community park, and using special water-absorbing soil in ditches near streets to help with standing water issues.

    The Natural Resources Conservation Services also worked with the local farmers with cover crops in watersheds.

    Carlson says that Donnellson is the first city in the state of Iowa to complete such an extensive water-quality project.

    The water quality projects undertaken by the city of Donnellson was funded through a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says Carlson.   Carlson adds that the city qualified for the DNR grant after the city applied for a state revolving loan to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant.

    Brandstad says, “The vision and initiatives undertaken by the award recipients to benefit Iowa’s citizens both economically and environmentally are recognized and celebrated through these awards. They showcase the commitment being made to make Iowa a better state now and into the future.”

    Iowa Environmental Excellence Award recipients include:

    Overall Environmental Excellence Award:

    Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority, Des Moines
    Central Community Schools Global Science Class and the Central Green Team (Jacob Jansen, Tom Shirbroun, Blake Rochleau, Brandon Hach and Ben Whittle), Elkader
    City of Monona
    Weikert Iron and Metal Recycling, Muscatine
    Pure Fishing, Spirit Lake
    Price Creek Watershed Project, Iowa County Soil and Water Conservation District, Williamsburg
    Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition, Windsor Heights
    Special Recognition in Water Quality:

    City of Clinton
    City of Donnellson
    Price Creek Watershed Project, Iowa County Soil and Water Conservation District, Williamsburg
    Special Recognition in Waste Management:

    Quaker Oats, Cedar Rapids
    Dee Zee, Inc., Des Moines
    Metro Waste Authority, Des Moines
    Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Marion
    Hy-Vee, Inc., West Des Moines
    Special Recognition in Air Quality:

    The Fighting Burrito, Ames
    Special Recognition in Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy:

    Alcoa, Inc. Davenport Works, Davenport
    Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines
    Hedquist Productions, Inc. (Vastu Green Building Studio,  Prosper Companies),  Fairfield
    Special Recognition in Habitat Restoration:

    ITC Midwest, Cedar Rapids
    City of Davenport Public Works
    Plant.Grow.Fly. at Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines
    Special Recognition in Environmental Education:

    Water Rocks! Iowa State University, Ames
    Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition, Windsor Heights
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