We are excited to report that the bi-partisan Iowa Rivers and Waterways Study Committee met this afternoon and unanimously agreed to adopt the following recommendations for next steps in developing a River Restoration Program for Iowa:
That DNR and IDALS, in collaboration with other involved entities, develop a plan that builds upon current and emergent efforts and related programs to identify and facilitate meaningful and effective river restoration priorities.
That DNR and IDALS continue to initiate and cooperate in demonstration projects with local landowners and watershed groups to provide examples of options and outcomes that could address a range of restoration needs and opportunities.
***There will be some minor additions to the narrative language, but overall the committee has unanimously adopted an abbreviated version of IRR’s recommendations.
Both the Senate and House will make recommendations within the Ag and Natural Resources Budget for an appropriation to fund this process. We will keep you informed of those proposals once they are presented to the Governor.
Please THANK the Iowa Rivers and Water Study Committee members for their interest and support of a River Restoration Program in Iowa. This is a huge win and step in helping to improve and enhance Iowa’s rivers and streams.
Iowa Rivers Revival
PO Box 72, Des Moines, IA 50301