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Leadership stepping up to promote conservation and water quality

Leadership stepping up to promote conservation and water quality

There are two schools of thought for addressing Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS). The first entails a voluntary approach guided by vigorous leadership for financial support and educational outreach while a second approach prefers regulations, fines and lawsuits. Both would need similar dollar investments for on-farm conservation in order to meet NRS goals.

Four years ago a team consisting of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa State University and several independent appointees chose a strategic plan to address nutrients in surface water. DNR Director, Chuck Gipp, explained that the plan was based on the...




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