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Old 01-26-2018, 04:13 PM   #1
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Ok my fellow Iowa Water Quality constituents. I ask you to contact Senator Upmeyer and request that 5 million a year from this source of revenue be directly tied to Increasing Iowas CREP initiative. The 5 million annually for 12 years would be supplemental revenues to existing state contribution to improve conservation measures out on the working Iowa landscape. I must remind my fellow Iowa constituents that the federal Crep match ratio is 4 to 1. Thats $4 dollars from the federal crep program to your $1 dollars. Doing the math it equates to 240 million dollars over 12 years to aggressively reach many acres along our waterways. Iowa's contribution would be 60 million over that 12 year period with supplemental funding to existing CREP initiative revenues. There is No better way to maximize tax payer dollars then this program. Period.

For three years, the Iowa House has been discussing ways to improve our state’s water quality, reducing farm runoff and making improvements to aging water infrastructure. Each of the last two years we passed a water quality bill but couldn’t reach final consensus on how we wanted to address the issue. At the beginning of session, Governor Kim Reynolds challenged the Legislature to send her a water quality bill and make that the first piece of legislation she signs as Governor.

This week, we made the Governor’s request a reality by passing Senate File 512 on a bipartisan vote, which will make a huge investment in water quality projects across the state. Senate File 512 will contribute long-term, sustainable funding to water quality projects at both the urban and rural levels.

Funding for these projects will come from two sources, investing $282 million over 12 years. This new funding is in addition to efforts that are already underway in Iowa, which last year totaled more than $400 million.

This new funding will be used to help finance upgrades to water infrastructure in our cities and counties to ensure clean drinking water for Iowans. It will also be used to continue further implementation of the research-based Nutrient Reduction Strategy to reduce farm runoff and help the ag community finance conservation practices.

Even though we have a funding structure in place, this doesn’t mean that the water quality conversation is over. Legislators will continue working on the policy pieces of this issue and have already begun discussions on what future legislation may look like. We understand that water quality is a generational issue which will require near constant work and review.

At the end of the day, this bill puts us on a path to ensure that Iowans have access to clean drinking water and that our natural resources will be preserved for future generations.

With the Legislature back in session, please feel free to reach out and share your thoughts on legislation as committees start their work. As always, you can reach me by email at [email protected] or by phone at (515) 281-3521.
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Water bill was a joke.
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I know but that doesn't change what is and continues to go out on the landscape. Now we can btch about what it is they refuse to do and negate all they have done by simply not doing anything at all in measurable levels or WE can demand that it be tweaked a little to do what will directly benefit our waterways and habitat far greater than what they come up with for a CREP minimum of 15 years to 20. Thats a lot of acres to work with over the next 20 years. If we do not tie any of this revenue to that program, Then I agree it is a shit show that will only equate to the same outcome that we know it to be Today. Thats all I am saying.


Do you really think they would give the IDNR any money? LOL
I told you folks. But anyway you can demand that a portion be allocated to support the above and without question it would do far more than what they presently have on the table.
For water and for wildlife in general.
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