Hello Senate & House Members
I write today to say thank you for taking up the issue of investing in our Iowa Rivers & Waterways.
Recreational Economics is about the only investment you can make as a legislature where the Economic impact is going to be a direct benefit to rural Iowa, Urban Iowa and the state as a whole. These investments we make Today will reduce tax payer liabilities associated with Spring Flooding and yes Phosphorus issues that our present water treatment facilities are fighting but ultimately will be reflected in Iowa Tax payers Water Bills.
I have personally covered every major flood event we have had in Iowa from the Miss to the Big Mo. the DM, Iowa, Cedar etc and could provide a lot of good reading material to help you bring a solution to the table that Helps us as a state and as constituents of the state greatly reduce the associated Tax payer liabilities that eat away at tax payers pockets every year! At the same time applying these investments that provide a Positive Economic return to Iowa tax payers.
What we do today in developing a sound Iowa Rivers & Restoration program / Initiative will ultimately dictate our ability to reduce those tax payer liabilities, Now & the Future. What we do today on this big issue has the capability of generating Hundreds of Millions in Recreational Economic returns + Jobs, businesses.
I ask that each of you please Review General Galloways Flood Report and take a lot of what he points out to heart! http://www.engr.colostate.edu/~jsalas/u ... lloway.pdf
I ask that each of you please Review Iowa's Present CREP program initiative and compare that initiative to what all other sister states have done around us with the same program. Most importantly I ask you to look at the states contribution and compare that to what other have done all around us. This specific program has to be a part of our future success and the only way that is going to happen is to increase the states level of contribution.http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/waterRes ... Report.pdf
Please review Iowas IDNR Recreational Economic Impact documents.
Please review Iowas Mo. River Recreational Economic Impact Report.
How do we reach farmers to do more and consider conservation Options. I think we have to make them a part of the Economic Model here. That means creating a Recreational Permit Access pass associated to targeted Rivers and incorporate The Temporary Migratory Habitat Initiative as added incentive to encourage greater participation. http://nitcnrcsbase-www.nrcs.usda.gov/I ... 049306.pdf
Last and certainly not the least and maybe one of the most important document in this letter is
the twentieth Century Agricultural Drainage Impact document on River Systems by Schottler.
Again I thank you all for this effort and look forward in anyway I can to participate and fully engage in this Initiative.
William J. Smith
Mo. Valley Waterfowlers Association
Sioux City Iowa
5309 hwy75n lot 44