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As Iowa Sportsmen you can force some changes to be made as to how your Natural Resources & Opportunities are being Managed / Or Not along the Mo. River Basin

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STATE INTERAGENCY MISSOURI RIVER AUTHORITY, §28L.1
28L.1 State interagency Missouri river authority created — duties.
1. A state interagency Missouri river authority is created. The members of the authority
shall include the governor or the governor’s designee, the secretary of agriculture or the
secretary’s designee, the chairperson of the utilities board or the chairperson’s designee, and
the directors of the department of natural resources, the state department of transportation,
and the economic development authority or the directors’ designees. The governor shall serve
as chairperson. The director of the department of natural resources or the director’s designee
shall serve as the coordinator of the authority’s activities and shall serve as chairperson in
the absence of the governor.
2. The authority shall be responsible for representing the interests of this state with regard
to its membership in the Missouri river association of states and tribes and to promote the
management of the Missouri river in a manner that does not negatively impact landowners
along the river or negatively impact the state’s economy, and in a manner that positively
impacts this state’s many interests along, in, and on the river. The Missouri river association
of states and tribes is an interstate association of government representatives formed to seek
consensus solutions to issues impacting the Missouri river basin.
3. The director of the department of natural resources or the director’s designee shall
coordinate regular meetings of the state interagency Missouri river authority to determine
the state’s position before any meeting of the Missouri river association of states and tribes
or before a substantive proposal or action is voted upon at such meeting. The members of the
state interagency Missouri river authority shall attempt to achieve consensus on the state’s
position regarding any substantive proposal or action being considered by the Missouri river
association of states and tribes. Regardless of whether a consensus can be achieved, a vote
of the members shall be taken. The state interagency Missouri river authority shall not vote
to approve or disapprove a substantive proposal or action being considered by the Missouri
river association of states and tribes without the approval of a majority of the members of
the authority. The director of the department of natural resources or the director’s designee
shall cast the votes for the state interagency Missouri river authority that are reflective of the
position of the authority.
4. The state interagency Missouri river authority shall seek input from stakeholder groups
in this state with regard to issues impacting the Missouri river basin.
2002 Acts, ch 1009, §1; 2008 Acts, ch 1150, §1; 2011 Acts, ch 118, §85, 89
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Brandstad withdraws from MORAST. letter.

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Governor Terry E. Branstad  Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 4, 2011
Contact: Governor’s Office (515) 725‐3518
Gov. Branstad announces Iowa’s withdrawal from
Missouri River Association of States and Tribes
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today announced that he will withdraw Iowa as a member of the
Missouri River Association of States and Tribes (MoRAST) effective immediately. Gov. Branstad has sent
a letter to notify MoRAST Executive Director Michael Hayden of Iowa’s withdrawal.
In the letter, Gov. Branstad said, “I do not believe that MoRAST is the best avenue to pursue Iowa’s
interests and priorities.**Rather, I believe more direct discussions with relevant local, state, and Federal
partners will allow for enhanced engagement on Missouri River management and better prioritization of
flood control over recreational and other uses.
“At the recent MoRAST meeting in Rapids City, South Dakota, MoRAST was not responsive to the
perspectives of some states, including Iowa.**While seven of the eight Missouri River governors have
called for a heightened focus on flood control, MoRAST did not actively pursue this goal at the recent
meeting.**Moreover, there have been long‐standing concerns that MoRAST’s by‐laws are too narrowly
constrained to adequately represent the diversity of key stakeholders and multiple uses of the River.”
Gov. Branstad cited several examples in the letter of why states must improve the focus on flood control
for Missouri River management. Those examples include:
• Flooding caused an estimated $207 million in lost crop sales and related economic activity
as over 280,000 farm acres were impacted, according to Iowa Farm Bureau estimates.
• 350 homes met FEMA’s definition of destroyed or major damage.
• Hundreds of miles of Iowa roads were impacted.
• 950,000 trees could die from over‐exposure to flood waters, according to Iowa Department
of Natural Resources estimates.
• The flooding has severely hampered Western Iowa’s economy.**
Gov. Branstad concluded by saying, “The negative impacts of Missouri River flooding on communities in
Western Iowa were immense, and impacted Iowans deserve a fresh approach to Missouri River
management.”**
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State of Iowa
Missouri River Corridor Vision Plan of Study
June, 2010
I. Purpose for Developing the Plan of Study
To outline intended accomplishments over the next 24 months. This is a working document and
may be changed if needed.**The Missouri River Authority intends to:**
1. Identify Iowa’s interests in and uses of the Missouri River Corridor,
including but not limited to, economic and environmental benefits;**
2. Develop a vision for how Iowans relate to the Missouri River Corridor;
3. Develop an implementation plan, including principles, strategies,
objectives, to realize this vision;**
4. Develop goals to help local communities and businesses grow and
prosper along the Missouri River**
5. Establish future goals of the Missouri River Authority**
II. Missouri River Corridor Interests for Iowa
Identify the interests in and uses of the Missouri River Corridor
Eight Authorized Purposes in the 1944 Flood Control Act
™ Fish and Wildlife habitat*****
™ Flood risk management**
™ Irrigation
™ Navigation
™ Power generation
™ Recreation
™ Water quality**
™ Water Supply
1. Pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 28L, the Missouri River Authority is composed of the Iowa Departments of Natural Resources, Economic
Development, Transportation, Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Iowa Utilities Board. Contact individuals are:***Tahtinen, Sharon**[DNR];
Montana, Jessica [IDED]; Christensen, Amy [IUB]; Hommes, Harold [IDALS]; Fleig, John [DOT]
2. Corridor is defined as the Missouri River and areas located adjacent to the river.**
The Missouri River Authority1 realizes a need to develop an Iowa vision for the Missouri River
Corridor2 , including but not limited to, identifying and understanding its importance to Iowa and
its citizens.
This endeavor will clarify Iowa's interests in and uses of the Missouri River Corridor, increase
Iowans' awareness of this national treasure, help enhance Iowans’ quality of life and help local
communities and businesses grow and prosper along the Missouri River Corridor.**
2
Related Interests of Importance
™ Hydrology
™ Agriculture
™ Historic and Cultural protection
™ Community development
™ Relationship to Mississippi River
™ Species of special conservation***
needs
™ Spring Pulse**
™ Bank Stabilization
™ Focal natural resources
™ Sediment load
™ Wetlands
™ Riverbed degradation/aggregation
™ USDOT Study of Missouri and Mississippi
Rivers
™ Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study**
Other interests‐‐to be determined as this study unfolds
Potential Outcome: Write a brief discussion of the Iowa interests in and uses of the Missouri
River.**
Potential Outcome: Develop an education and outreach campaign to establish a basic
knowledge level in understanding, and connecting, the complex interactions along the
Missouri River Corridor bordering Iowa. This campaign will identify how to most effectively
use social media to maximize communications with different audiences.
III. Study Goals
These are the goals for the education and outreach part of this visioning plan.**
Goal 1:** Identify Iowa uses and interests in the Missouri River Corridor.
Goal 2: Study and gather input regarding these uses and interests.
Goal 3: Identify existing resources that provide information about the
Missouri River Corridor.
IV. Action Plan to Study Iowa's Missouri River Issues
The strategic planning steps necessary to conduct this study are outlined below. These steps focus on
involving stakeholders, targeting communication strategies, and promoting educational
objectives/learning.
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A. Steering Committee to Collaborate the Process
1. Consists of Amy Christensen IUB; Jessica Montana IDED; Harold
Hommes IDALS; John Fleig IDOT; Sharon Tahtinen IDNR (Alternates are
encouraged and welcomed)
2. Brainstorming Session—January 6, 2010, Des Moines
3. Review Lt. Governor’s December 2007 statewide meeting at Hitchcock
Nature Center
4. Conference Calls with Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska
B. Identify and Involve Stakeholders, including but not limited to, local
citizens, farmers, younger Iowans, groups interested in rivers, and local, county,
state, and federal officials,to identify respective interests and uses
1. Distribute and post on*line this draft Vision Plan of Study**
2. Notify all stakeholders about the intention of the Missouri River
Authority and draft Vision Plan
3. Ask stakeholders for suggestions, comments, and information
4. Develop survey, electronic and written, to gather comments and
perhaps develop a priority of interests and uses, etc.
5. Utilize social media network tools to communicate with the public and
to collect additional input
C. Conduct Field Visits on the River
1. Upper Section of Missouri River—Sioux City, August 2009
2. Middle Section of Missouri River—DeSoto Bend National Wildlife
Refuge area, May 2010
3. Lower Section of Missouri River—Hamburg area, August/September
2010
D. Hold Public Information Meetings—(these meetings will be coordinated
with the field visits described in “C” above)
1. Sioux City—August 2009
2. Council Bluffs—May 2010
3. City of Hamburg—August/September 2010
4. Stakeholders’ meeting in Des Moines—winter 2010/2011**
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E. Meet with the Corps of Engineers
1. Kayla Eckert (USACE):
a) April 2010—Mark Harberg (Corps Project Manager) in Des
Moines**
b) May 2010—in Council Bluffs
c) Other meetings as needed
F. Interaction with MRRIC and MRERP
1. Chris Larson—Iowa coordinator with MRERP* *
2. Meet with Iowa's representatives on the MRRIC – August/September
2010
G.** Conduct Research on Needed Areas
Some of these areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Identify how other states along rivers are coordinating similar efforts?
2. How do individuals, groups interested in the river, businesses, and
communities utilize the river?
3. Should the work of this Vision Plan be coordinated with the**Iowa Code
463B, Missouri River Preservation Authority, and if so, what are
effective ways to do this?
4. Can the Water Resources Coordinating Council assist with this Vision
Plan, and if so, how?
V. Develop Vision, Principles and Goals – To be developed after study
and input gathering is completed.
1. Develop a Missouri River Corridor Vision for the State of Iowa
An example of a possible draft vision could be:**
• Several public meetings will be held—summer 2011 (tentative date)
• Iowa’s Missouri River Corridor Vision will be delivered to the Corps of
Engineers in December 2012

Iowans will have an approach to the Missouri River system which
recognizes and balances the dynamic interaction of environmental and
societal needs and makes Iowa a more attractive place to live and work.**
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2. Develop a set of guiding principles to carry out the Missouri River
Corridor Vision
The above “vision” can be accomplished through the focus on, and
implementation of, the following sample guiding principles:
• Maximize benefits to Iowa
• Enhance quality of life
• Support economic development
• Enhance Iowa’s natural resources
• Enhance community development
• Improve Iowans’ standard of living
• Be sensitive to the environment
• Enhance our ability to compete economically
• Enhance recreation opportunities
3. Develop Goals for Iowans and Members of the Missouri River Authority**
Draft Goal 1:**Identify Missouri River Corridor issues where it is
appropriate for the Missouri River Authority member agencies
to collectively work to achieve a river corridor system that
makes Iowa a more attractive place to live and work.
Draft Goal 2:**Provide more input to the Army Corps of Engineers on*******
Iowa's Missouri River Corridor issues.
Draft Goal 3:**Represent Iowa’s interests to the Missouri River
Association of States and Tribes (MoRAST).***
VI. Use of the Results of the Visioning Plan – To be developed after
study and input gathering is completed and vision, principles, and
goals are developed.
VII. Additional information regarding the Missouri River Corridor
• http://www.mo‐rast.org/
• https://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/
• http://www.mraps.org/
• https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?...bs9AkbWQ%3d%3d
• http://www.wildlifeactionplans.org/iowa.html
• Missouri River Ecosystem, National Research Council, 2002
• Missouri River Master Water Control Manual Review and Update Study Volumes 1‐9, July
1994
• Missouri River Mainstem System 2009‐2010 Annual Operating Plan,U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, December 2009
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• Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System Master Water Control Manual Missouri Riv
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As a sportsman of Iowa number 1 I have a very serious request to All Iowa sportsman who may thumb through this subject or read it entirely. In the post above this one you will Notice that I outlined in Bold black text this sentence.

• Iowa’s Missouri River Corridor Vision will be delivered to the Corps of
Engineers in December 2012


As a sportsman of Iowa I wish to ask you to help me in this struggle to define our Natural Resource interests along the Mo. River basin, What is your interest as a sportsman of Iowa and how or what should the IDNR do to protect these interest and enhance them for future generations of Iowa Sportsmen?

That's priority number 1 for me right now.

Priority number 2 and this is an easy 1 that you all could help me with.

Take that bold text and copy and paste that to a composed e-mail letter and send it to Deputy Director of the IDNR Bruce Trautman at [email protected]

Request this, As a Sportsman of Iowa, what is the IDNR's Vision & Plan to Restore, Enhance and Protect our Natural Resources along the Mo. River? Could you please send me a copy of this developed Plan according to what is stated on the Iowa IDNR's SIMRA website information, that a plan would be developed?


Your Help folks is Important in the present and future management of our natural resources.

Please do send me your replies to the above.

[email protected]

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Everyones help will help me resolve some long standing problems that have plagued Conservation, Restoration, Enhancement and protection of Habitat within the region.

My next request would be to ask you folks to send Deputy Director Bruce Trautman of the IDNR a request to see Iowa IDNR's own personal BIOP study as it relates to the Natural Resources of the Mo. River basin.

I have a valid question that needs to be answered and your folks help will certainly assist in getting to the problem. Expose it if you will.

If the IDNR is the acting agency who has appointed IDNR to SIMRA to speak on behalf of Iowa's Natural Resources associated with the Mo. River basin then they should have a Biological Opinion Study that shows very specific interest where we should be focussing said efforts of conservation, it should show species as they relate to Iowa and uncover the issues that affect them as to develop a plan in addressing those issues. If we do not have a IDNR BIOP study of the Mo. River as it relates to the specific interest of Natural Resources how can the IDNR represent our Natural Resources? What needs help, what plan do we have to use to manage said problems etc etc etc. It's time to rattle some cages here folks instead of being detached from said issues because in a nutshell the very problem we face here has many of the same contributing factors throughout Iowa that have effectively halted or altered conservation work, be it restoration, enhancement and yes acquisition itself.


Lend a hand folks and yes please do send Bruce the request and yes please send me any responses you might get to the above subject matter-s.


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Sportsmen as a whole in Iowa have remained quiet on conservation issues whereas the IDNR being the managing authority have conducted meetings with interest groups but outreach to you the Sportsmen to engage in these meetings has been largely wasted or marginal at best. SIMRA meetings being a prime example where sportsmen in general is much like finding a life form on Mars.

Because sportsman in general are involved your representation if you will has gone largely to the wayside and more time and effort / resources gone to other prevailing interests who have taken the time to attend and voice opinions, concerns about thier own interests.

Deer Hunters, Trappers, Fishermen, duck hunters, turkey hunters, small game hunters should attend these meetings to voice thier concerns about the condition of our natural resources within the basin, the condition of our recreational areas and the management of said properties. Where is the IDNR investment into the resources? What have they done? What haven't they done? Why haven't they done it? How and what do we do to fix it?

: The next SIMRA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in Mills County and include a business session from 10:00-a.m. until noon; lunch; and a tour from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

I will post details when I get them folks.
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Meeting details. Iowa Sportsmen be it whatever it is you Hunt ,Fish OR Trap should attend this meeting to represent your interests and recreational Opportunities. If you do not hear your interests being represented as you think they should be, voice up and give it the support that is needed.

Attached is the agenda for the SIMRA meeting scheduled for June 13, 2017 in Malvern, Iowa.

Note that lunch can be purchased at the meeting site for $12 (includes gratuity and cash is preferred). A receipt is available if one is needed. Please RSVP your plans to attend and if you will be purchasing a lunch by June 1 so that we can provide an estimated head count to the restaurant.

State Interagency Missouri River Authority (SIMRA) Meeting
Classic Café – 317 Main St. Malvern, Iowa 51551
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

AGENDA
Conference Call Information:
Dial (866) 685-1580. When the call is answered follow the prompts by entering the conference code of 4510673319 followed by #.

AGENDA

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions – Cara Marker-Morgan – Golden Hills RC&D; Bill Ehm, Administrator - Environmental Services Division, Department of Natural Resources

Business Items – Bill Ehm – DNR
--Approve Agenda
--Approve Meeting Summary – November 2016

10:10 a.m. The Iowa Watershed Approach: A statewide partnership for a more resilient Iowa - Larrry Weber, Director, IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering – University of Iowa

10:35 a.m. East & West Nishnabotna Watershed Management Coalition Update - Kyle Ament, Watershed Basin Coordinator, DNR

11:00 a.m. Missouri River Watershed Changes and Trends - Doug Kluck, Central Region Climate Services Director, NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI), Kansas City

11:20 a.m. Missouri River Basin Conditions and Operations Plan - Jody Farhat, P.E. Chief, Missouri River Basin Water Management Northwestern Division, USACE, Omaha District

11:40 a.m. MRRIC Update – Shawn Shouse, MRRIC Representative

Closing Comments
Next Meeting – Fall 2017
Noon Lunch: Classic Café ($12 cash preferred; receipts will be available)
1:00-3:00 p.m. Tours – Nishnabotna Watershed


I truly do need sportsmen to attend these meetings so we can actively work as a team to demand that our recreational interest be represented at the table as they should be.

Bill Smith
Mo. River Bottoms sportsmen.

712-202-3235 c
712-274-3343 h
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The state of Iowa's position on the future management of the Mo. River.
Remember a bunch of words about wildlife and habitat in general in my opinions clearly just states the obvious. There are no specifics to clarify what species, how many said acres etc etc.

So here is the stated position of Iowa to the Corps proposed management options. I did however also include NE Fish & Game Commission's response to the Corps Mo. River Management options. This should give Iowa sportsmen something to compare against when making a conclusion if your Recreational Interests are being represented or not and if so to what degree could you confirm said commitment?

This is why Iowa Sportsmen, Mo. River bottom sportsmen need to start demanding specifics, details so we have something to physically measure success or failure.

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I will decompress a little before I divulge to you all Iowa's Criteria for obtaining a shallow water habitat construction permit. Let me advise in bold text so you fully understand what I am going to make obvious to Iowa sportsman and Conservationist. I point to the state of Iowa's response to the Corps management options and what the state strongly claims as a high level of standards or held to the same standards as Iowa's farming community.

Stuff like this I can't make up even if I tried. But anyway make damn sure you remember what is said about nutrient reduction standards and Iowas farming community. Remember that.

However just a little help in making sure you get what is to follow.

What standards of nutrient reduction do Iowa farmers follow?

Are they Voluntary standards in nutrient reduction or are they Mandatory Standards by some regulation, rule, guideline?
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As I said you must read it to believe it. Nutrient reduction guidelines when it comes to Shallow Water Habitat Restoration on the Mo. River or by this letter any body of water in Iowa. Now when you read the full content just imagine if a Iowa Farmer along any of our waterways had to comply equally in addressing nutrient issues that may be caused by his or her operation. If compliance to address those issues was not met, then HE or She wouldnt obtain any form of subsidies attached to those acres being farmed.

Just thinking how some would react if the same mentality of compliances was required when farming near , along or adjacent to an Iowa Tributary. However one can conclude based on the criteria described that this Nutrient reduction strategy employed by the IDNR on Shallow Water Habitat Restoration along the Mo. River is a far cry from the Voluntary compliance policy that Iowa Agriculture enjoys.

Please note that in this they also talk about cost effectiveness of these projects in best management practices / evaluations. By the nature of these guidelines, rules, regulatory compliance, the process inheritable Increases the costs associated with said Shallow Water Habitat Restoration projects on the Mo. River. With that said, opposition to habitat restoration on the Mo. River could always conclude that these projects cost to much money and could be better applied to other priorities. That is the other portion I find funny. Hey lets create a policy structure that raises the cost of the projects and then when in review let complain about the cost of the projects. You see what is going on here don't you folks?

Anyway have a good read and enjoy. feel free to comment with your opinions.
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Please take note in contradiction here. from the SWH IDNR letter permit process detail. sighting Iowa should be noted as having more SWH projects than any other state. Then here in 2017 you read in the IDNR / STATE RESPONSE ABOUT WILDLIFE habitat or shallow water habitat projects being mostly done in the state of Mo..

It is the job of any federal agency to maximize the use and application of taxpayer dollars. Not saying its done all of the time. However when a state such as Iowa put forward guidelines that go beyond EPA standards and inheritable increases the cost of said projects, one can conclude that one of the contributing factors as the why the bulk of the work to date has been done in the state of Mo. is because the Corp can complete more projects, more acres for the same buck vs that of Iowa which cost more money and fewer acres.

The end result here is by design and the outcome was highly predictable to say the least. Opposition to conservation restoration work along the Mo. River didn't necessarily have to come right out in a bold statement is saying they don't want any of that , all they had to do behind the scene is develop a procedure, guideline of criteria that inevitably increase the cost of habitat restoration work along the Mo. River. The end game is exactly what they wanted without so much as a ripple from the Iowa recreational sporting community. Sportsmen or Conservationist for that matter. Just for clarity purposes.
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