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Iowa Water Quality Initiative and opportunities for county Farm Bureaus Overview

Iowa Water Quality Initiative and opportunities for county Farm Bureaus Overview
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework adopted as the policy for Iowa in May 2013 to assess and reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s designed to direct efforts to reduce nutrients in surface water from both point and nonpoint sources in a scientific, reasonable and cost effective manner. The strategy outlines a pragmatic approach for reducing nutrient loads discharged from the state’s largest wastewater treatment plants, in combination with targeted practices designed to reduce loads from nonpoint sources such as farm fields. This is the first time such an integrated approach involving both point sources and nonpoint sources has been attempted.

Iowa farmers and cites have accepted the new challenge of reducing nutrients in Iowa surface waters. That’s why the Iowa Legislature established a dedicated, sustainable funding source in the last session totaling $282 million over the next 12 years for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and its Water Quality Initiative implementation program for rural and urban nutrient reduction efforts. The $282 million in new money is distributed as follows: $156 million to non-point (ag land) efforts to fund edge-of-field and...



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