Demand a FULL Environmental Impact Statement

We are demanding the USACE do an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on every body of water in Iowa and Illinois DAPL crosses as well as a Cost Benefit Analysis. The USACE only has jurisdiction over 3% of the pipeline here in Iowa, that’s roughly 33 miles of water ways being crossed.

DAPL found a way to go around the EIS process by segmenting the project into smaller individual projects thus bypassing the need for an EIS. That’s illegal. Without an EIS we cannot see, in writing, how much money, land, and resources Iowa stands to lose. This is probably why ETP has fought so hard not to comply with the EIS process. Affidavits are admissible in court and have way more clout than petitions.

Should the pipeline be functional and WHEN an oil spill occurs, anyone who signed the affidavit can join in a class action lawsuit against DAPL and their investors. THIS IS POWERFUL!

The EIS affidavit (provided by Quad Cities Waterkeeper Inc.) can be found at, and on our FB page under the Notes tab.

You do not have to live in Iowa to participate in this effort.

Once you have printed it out, it must get it notarized. It must be signed in front of a Notary Public. Quad Cities libraries notarize free of charge. Banks also notarize, however there may be a small fee associated with that route. One of the Sage Sisters is now a Notary Public and can notarize at their events. Once notarized please mail it to the address provided below. DO NOT MAIL TO THE ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS or the address in Des Moines. Quad Cities Waterkeeper will keep a record of your affidavit then deliver it to the US Army Corp of Engineers personally.

Mail it to:
Quad Cities Waterkeeper INC.
736 Federal St. Suite # 2426 Davenport Ia. 52803


Remind the USACE that…

Treaties made with the indigenous people of this land are the supreme law of the  land! Honor the treaties!

They deprived us of our right to Due Process and our right of freedom of speech by denying the public the right to comment.

Three Federal agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, recommended that an EIS be done on the DAPL.  By law, this should have been done before granting DAPL any permits.

The horribly toxic oil being pulled out of the Bakken fields is the most volatile type there is.  It contains GASOLINE, JET FUEL/KEROSENE, DIESEL, FUEL OIL and PETROLEUM.  Why would we want that running through our rivers and water supply unnecessarily when we have sources of sustainable, renewable energy ready and waiting??

Remind the USACE that they have a responsibility to the People and the Planet FIRST!!



If you would like to donate to our impending legal action against DAPL and those involved in permitting the pipeline through Iowa, please consider a monetary donation to help with legal fees and expert witness reports.

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Saving Iowa’s Rivers and Aquifers from DAPL.



What Iowa Has to Lose

Eminent Domain

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), appointed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, granted the use of Eminent Domain to DAPL thereby stripping people’s rights to their own land. Though the use of Eminent Domain is not unusual, it is unusual to approve a project that is not for the public good.  No one in Iowa or the US will benefit from the DAPL. It’s important to note that the Iowa Utilities Board claimed ultimate authority over the standard regulatory authorities (Dept. of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish & Wildlife) thus inadvertently taking responsibility and assuming liability for the pipeline in Iowa. Interestingly, in 2013 Governor Branstad accepted thousands of dollars for his Iowa election campaign from wealthy Texas business owners. He also has ties to former Texas Governor Rick Perry who, in 2015, joined the corporate board for Energy Transfer Partners.

In April 2015, Iowa Senate Study Bill 1276 and House Study Bill 249 advanced with both Senator Robert Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, and State Representative Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, in support; it required Dakota Access “to obtain voluntary easements from 75% of property owners along the route before eminent domain could be authorized.”

March 10, 2016, Under Iowa law, receipt of a permit includes the right of eminent domain across those parcels where Dakota Access has been unable to negotiate voluntary easements. The Board has limited Dakota Access’s power to utilize eminent domain to the minimum rights necessary for the safe construction and operation of the pipeline.

New Madrid Seismic Zone

The DAPL crosses the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). In 1811, this was the site of the largest earthquake in US history. According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, “…due to the harder, colder, drier and less fractured nature of the rocks in the earth’s crust in the central United States, earthquakes in this region shake and damage an area approximately 20 times larger than earthquakes in California and most other active seismic areas”. Why would we want to disturb that again?

Farmland Field Tiles

Farmland drainage is a very big deal to Iowa agriculture. Iowa has over six million acres of cropland where productivity would be limited due to excessively wet soil. Iowa taxpayers have spent billions of dollars for the installation of a subsurface drainage system known as Field Tiles, throughout the state. DAPL improperly installed the pipe only 2 feet deep into the Earth and ABOVE Field Tiles. Due to improper installation, a countless number of field tiles were damaged creating a hazard for our drinking water, rivers, and aquifers all across Iowa, not to mention, every cracked or broken field tile is a violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA). DAPL crosses 18 counties in Iowa creating many opportunities for hundreds of CWA violations. Oil from this pipeline could easily flow into the Jordan Aquifer via the damaged tiles or the 23 wells drilled into the Jordan Aquifer.

The Jordan Aquifer

In Iowa, the DAPL crosses 75 rivers and streams. Those rivers and streams are linked to our Mississippi River, the largest river system in North America, 4th longest river in the world, and 10th largest river in the world. The Mississippi’s watersheds drain all or portions of 31 states between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains and as far as southern Canada. It intersects with 8 states: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

The Jordan Aquifer is the largest groundwater source in Iowa and the water supply for around 500 thousand people. It is also essential to Iowa’s industry and agriculture.  The Aquifer covers most of the state of Iowa and is about 2,500 feet underground in southwest region but near the surface in the northeast part of Iowa. Iowa is almost entirely covered by aquifers, many of which are fairly superficial. For example, in Lee County, Iowa where DAPL drilled under the Mississippi River. According to Iowa’s Groundwater Basics Guide, the Mississippian Aquifer is 30 ft. underground and located UNDER the Mississippi River in Lee County. According to DAPL’s own records they drilled 100 ft. under the Mississippi River. So, they may be either in the Mississippian Aquifer or went through it to intersect with the Devonian Aquifer. Neither option is good as one aquifer flows into the next therefore, contaminating one aquifer contaminates them all. Do you believe DAPL blindly drilled there not knowing there were aquifers underneath? An oil leak anywhere in Iowa would devastate Iowa’s economy, agriculture and drinking water for thousands of people.

200: About how many businesses, cities, universities, ethanol plants and other users in Iowa tap the Jordan aquifer for water.

345: How many wells in Iowa are connected to the aquifer, with some users having multiple wells.

26 billion: How many gallons of water Iowa used from the aquifer last year.

300,000 to 500,000 years old: Age of the water.

2,500 feet: Depth of the aquifer in some places. The water can take centuries to work its way down through rocks and dirt. The aquifer is mostly contained underground in Iowa, but in some of the six other states it covers, it lies closer to the ground surface.

Now, ask yourself this, why would the IUB and Governor Terry Branstad risk ALL of that to allow this pipeline safe passage through Iowa? Is it the promise of a million dollars a year in revenue when DAPL would stand to profit millions of dollars PER DAY? Where is the logic in that when the risks to the people, the Earth, our drinking water, our wildlife, and bodies of water are so great?


We must keep the pressure on them to abide by the laws set in place to protect the People and Planet!


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