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Public Hearings to be Held Concerning Topsoil Requirements

Post Date:03/10/2015 8:55 AM

Rich organic topsoil is important to the environment and stormwater management, and it is crucial for a healthy and beautiful lawn. Topsoil acts like a sponge to soak up rainwater and reduce stormwater runoff. Hard compacted dirt is very similar to paved surfaces – roots cannot grow into it and rainwater does not absorb into it.

The State of Iowa currently has a requirement that topsoil be preserved on new construction sites, but that requirement is being challenged. Learn more in this March 6, 2015 story in The Gazette.

Cedar Rapids will host one of the upcoming public hearings: March 18, 6 p.m., City Services Center, Five Seasons Conference Room, 500 15th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. Interested Iowans also may provide written comments through April 1 to Joe Griffin of Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0034; or by email to


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