CLARE KERNEK

STAFF ATTORNEY

Phone: 515-244-1194 (EXT. 209) 

Email: kernek@iaenvironment.org

Clare joined the Council in June 2015. She focuses on regulatory issues related to the implementation of the Clean Water Act in Iowa by state and federal agencies. Prior to joining the Council, Clare spent her last semester of law school working as an “extern” at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division in Denver, CO. Clare is elated to be back in her adopted home state of Iowa, advocating for stronger protections of the state’s water resources as a water program assistant.

Clare holds a J.D. and Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR, and degrees in English and Anthropology from the University of Iowa.

Blog posts by this Author:

  • Important Changes Needed to Proposed Water Quality Policy

    Iowa DNR has recently announced it is launching a new “Triennial Review” for 2018-2020. As required by the Clean Water Act, Iowa must conduct a review of our state water quality standards every three years. The purpose of the Triennial Review is to give members of the public the opportunity to tell DNR what they feel the state's priorities for water quality standards should be for the next three years.

  • What is clean water worth? Who should decide?

    On January 19th, 2017 the EPA sent a letter (link) to Iowa DNR stating that the changes to Iowa's antidegradation rules could not be approved because they violate federal Clean Water Act regulation.

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