(Des Moines) Lawmakers today say Iowa has a bullseye on its back as other states watch to see what Iowa will do to reduce nutrient run-off and other water pollution.
During a joint Ag and Environmental Protection Committee meeting over the noon hour, DNR Director Chuck Gipp says they’re getting tremendous cooperation from the agribusiness sector.
He said, “I can tell you that when I’m on those tours and I hear the various commodity group leaders say, ‘it may be voluntary, but it’s not optional.’”
And, Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says it’s going to take a Unites State-wide effort to clean up Iowa waters.
“I want everybody in Iowa working on water quality issues and certainly both point-source and non-point source are working side by side to be able to make things happen,” stated Northey.
Both leaders say they’re tapping into interest in cover crops to prevent nutrient run-off. Also, eight research projects are being funded to develop best practices at preventing water pollution with more to be announced soon.
Iowa Radio Network