Posted on 03/20/2017 at 08:00 AM by Iowa Corn
We are excited to share with you great news that the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit has been dismissed in its entirety. The federal court found that drainage districts have no authority to manage nitrogen loss and that this policy issue should be addressed by the state legislature. Read more about “Why a Federal Court Dismissed the DMWW Lawsuit.” While the lawsuit has been dismissed, the court of public opinion is always in session. Your efforts to improve water quality continue to be key to our future success.
Speaking of the legislature, the Revenue Estimating Committee has released its latest estimate for budget revenue, which has not grown as fast as spending. Look for the legislature to begin budget discussions, including water quality funding, in the near future. Bills have been introduced utilizing a variety of funding mechanisms, including the sales tax, infrastructure funds and metered water fees.
Be sure to check out Iowa Corn’s revamped Environment webpage! As we continue to work to improve Iowa's water quality, we are focusing on Farmer to Farmer Insights, Conservation Practices, and Partnerships.
Finally, do you know someone who goes above and beyond to implement conservation efforts on their farm? Consider nominating them for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award.
Larry Weber, director of IIHR and the Iowa Flood Center, and Iowa Corn farmers Dean Sponheim and Tim Smith talk about Iowa watershed projects, water quality, soil health and conservation during a panel discussion at the Iowa Power Farming Show.