The Des Moines Water Works has elected to pursue expensive and unproductive litigation against farmers and their drainage districts more than 100 miles from Des Moines. Iowa corn farmers are very disappointed in this shift away from a collaborative, results-oriented model that has been the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) gold standard for improving water quality. This litigation will cause scarce resources to be reallocated away from current projects without any guarantee of improving our waters.
Iowa’s climate and rich soils are the main factors in the nutrient fluctuations in our rivers. “Farms and growing seasons are certainly not all alike,” said Jerry Mohr, a farmer from Eldridge and president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA). “By embracing the best science and relying on years of experience, each farmer adds to the collaboration that results in measurable benefits to Iowa’s water.” The Des Moines Water Works lawsuit implies an unrealistic ‘one size fits all’ legal solution will improve water quality.
“Iowa farmers are very aware of the role they play in our state’s quality of life. Working together has, and always will be, the best way to achieve long-term solutions.” explained Mohr. Farmers are focused on continuous conservation improvements to mitigate the unpredictability of weather. Iowa Corn has partnered with farmers and agricultural stakeholders in the following projects targeted at improving water quality for all Iowans:
The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is an 8,000-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit iowacorn.org.