Iowa Rivers Revival
With the legislative session opening this week we wanted to share with you some key efforts that IRR is leading and supporting this year. We urge you to contact your legislators and thank them for their service and update them on river issues that are important to you.
River Issues – investing in rivers is investing in Iowa. Supporting river programs and funding has multiple benefits for Iowa, such as increased economic vitality, improved public health, reduced river pollutants (nitrates, phosphorus and sediment), enhanced river and wildlife health and habitat, and increased flood protection and erosion prevention.
River Restoration Program: the Iowa Rivers and Waterways Study Committee will meet again on Thursday, January 16th from 1-3:30 p.m. in room 103 at the Statehouse to discuss next steps in establishing a River Restoration program in Iowa. Please attend if you are available and contact your legislators and urge them to support IRR’s program and budget recommendations.
River Restoration Fact Sheet
Program and Budget Recommendations
Low-Head Dam Mitigation and Water Trails Program: we are pleased the Governor has included $1 million in his budget in support of this program. IRR will be advocating for $2 million this year to address a back-log of projects. This funding will help address the removal or modification of old and unused dams, dam safety concerns, and assist communities interested in water trail development and continued maintenance of existing water trails.
Low-Head Dam Mitigation and Water Trails Program Fact Sheet
Low-Head Dam Mitigation and Water Trails Program Proposed 2015 Budget
$25 million for REAP’s 25th Anniversary: 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. This year the REAP Alliance is pushing for $25 million to honor the program’s 25th Anniversary.
Attend REAP Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 18th.
Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund: The time is now (or yesterday!)! Despite the electoral mandate to establish the “Trust Fund” Iowa legislators have yet to raise the sales tax by 3/8th of a cent to invest in restoring and protecting Iowa’s vast natural resources. 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. For more information about the Trust Fund, visit the Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy website.
Save the date and mark your calendars for IRR’s annual Legislative Reception. We will be hosting Iowa legislators and river supporters on Monday, February 3rd from 5-7 p.m. at the Noodle Zoo Café in Des Moines. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. The public is invited and there is no cost to attend. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 515.724.4093.
Please consider a donation to IRR today. Your contribution will help efforts to elevate river issues at the Iowa Statehouse and ensure Iowa’s rivers are protected and enhanced for future generations. You can donate online or mail a check to: Iowa Rivers Revival, PO Box 72, Des Moines, Iowa 50301. We greatly appreciate your contribution at any amount.
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 (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
PO Box 72, Des Moines, IA 50301
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