RR Legislative Reception
Thank you to Iowa Rivers Revival supporters and Iowa legislators who were able to attend the Legislative Reception Monday night at the Noodle Zoo Café, and to those who made contacts with your legislators encouraging them to attend and support programs and funding that protect and enhance Iowa’s rivers. We had an extraordinary turnout compared to years past with over 100 in attendance, including 41 Iowa Senators and Representatives. This was a great opportunity for Iowa legislators to hear from their constituents and other Iowan’s about the multiple benefits that rivers provide our communities and state. We highlighted our River Town of the Year, Central City, our River City of the Year, Dubuque, and the West Nishnabotna Water Trail project as examples of local river stewardship.
IRR Legislative Priorities – Iowans support the increase of state funding to protect and enhance our natural resources, and yet we have continued to see a significant and considerable decline in support and funding by our Governor and legislators. We need to communicate with our policy leaders about the importance of investing in improving and protecting these important natural resources. The following legislative priorities are stable, long-term, opportunities for investing in Iowa’s natural resources.
Dam Mitigation and Water Trails Appropriation – River Restoration Program. IRR is talking with Legislative leadership about continuing to fund the Dam Mitigation and Water Trails Appropriation. We are also sharing our River Restoration fact sheet http://iowarivers.org/wp-content/upload ... r-Iowa.pdf in these discussions to help raise awareness for the need and importance of a statewide River Restoration program in Iowa to enhance water quality, protect important habitats, promote natural streambank stabilization, improve streambank and corridor aesthetics, and set priorities for federal mitigation funds. We will keep you informed how you can help ensure this important program continues to receive a portion of the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund.
Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (HF 92). http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Cool-ICE/ ... hbill=HF92 The time has (finally) come where Iowa legislators are being presented with a bill that will increase the state sales tax by 3/8 of a cent to fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. In 2010 Iowans overwhelmingly voted in favor (63%) of establishing this constitutionally protected Trust Fund for the purposes of protecting Iowa’s water, land and wildlife and new polling continues to show http://iaenvironment.org/documents/2013 ... 13poll.pdf strong support for raising the sales tax. For more information about the Trust Fund, visit the Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy website.
Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. REAP continues to be a major funding source to enhance and protect Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. It has been authorized by the Iowa legislature to receive up to $20 million annually and yet is has never been fully funded. Last year REAP was funded at $12 million and that is what is being proposed for FY
- Attend REAP Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 26. 8:00 a.m. Iowa's Water and Land Legacy will hold a briefing on the Natural Resource and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund in the Wallace Building Auditorium. Following that, supporters will walk across Grand Avenue to the statehouse to meet with legislators.
- Please respond to Rosalyn Lehman if you can attend: email@example.com or 515.724.4093.
IRR is the statewide organization focusing exclusively on river advocacy, education and enjoyment. We need people like you all over Iowa to be sure Iowa Rivers Revival continues to be a strong voice and steward for Iowa’s rivers and streams. Together we are mobilizing Iowans, influencing policy-makers, and protecting the Iowa rivers we love. Your financial support is crucial to help us continue this work. Please consider an on-line gift today or send your contribution to PO Box 72, Des Moines, Iowa 50301. Thank you for your support!
LOBBYIST REPORT from Don Brazelton
HF 92, NATURAL RESOURCES SALES TAX. Increases the state sales tax by 3/8 of a cent for the Natural Resources Trust fund established in the Iowa Constitution. HWMC.
SF 10, HF 68, WATERCRAFT FEES. Extends the requirement that increases from raising watercraft registration fees be used for aquatic invasive plant control, navigation laws and water safety to 2023.
HSB 87, MANURE HANDLING COURSES. Requires DNR to develop an educational course containing practical, cost-effective methods to limit manure spills and their impact. Requires DNR to make continuing education course available on the Internet. HAg sub
SF 24, NPDES SIGNS. Requires an NPDES permit holder for non-storm water discharges to maintain a sign at points of discharge to surface waters. Includes specifications for the sign. Establishes penalties and allows waivers. Does not require the sign for feedlot operators or CAFOs. SAg subcom-Seng, Hart, Zumbach.
SSB 1005, HSB 72, WATER QUALITY. Strikes the requirement for the publication of notice in newspapers for NPDES stormwater and allowable nonstormwater permits. Allows aquatic herbicides to be applied according to EPC rules. Allows an applicant for a permit to divert, withdraw or store water to apply for additional time to provide information without incurring another fee. Awards such a permit by default if the DNR does not award or deny an application within 90 days of receipt. Strikes the requirement that a borrower under the on-site waste system program live outside a city. Strikes certain DNR reporting requirements related to the program. SNR subcom-Schoenjahn, Greiner, Seng.
LAWMAKER CONTACT INFORMATION
Governor Terry Branstad: 515.281.5211 or http://www.governor.iowa.gov/contact/
Iowa General Assembly (find a bill): http://www.legis.iowa.gov/index.aspx
Iowa Senators and Representatives: Find your legislators https://www.legis.iowa.gov/Legislators/find.aspx (if you would like a spreadsheet of all the current legislators, please let me know)
Iowa Senate: 515.281.3371
Iowa House: 515.281.3221
IRR CALENDAR – keep informed about river-related activities, events and conferences: http://iowarivers.org/get-involved/calendar/.
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Iowa Rivers Revival
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