Iowa Signs Voluntary Water Quality Bill

Feb 2, 2018  | 2 min  | Ep4324

Last week, a move by the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay on the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule.

This week, the Trump administration kicked the can down the road and delayed discharge of the measure until 2020.

As farmers across the nation breathed a sigh of relief, a state-level voluntary water quality bill received a final stamp of approval.

Peter Tubbs reports. Peter Tubbs can be reached at

With strokes from 31 ceremonial pens, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a clean water bill into law this week.
The law will make $282 million available over 12 years as part of a cost-share program for landowners and agricultural operations, as well as municipalities, who voluntarily install clean water measures on their property. Also contained in the act is a provision that shields agriculture from being classified as point-source pollution.
It is Iowa’s first clean water bill, and comes on the heels of a failed lawsuit by the Des Moines Water Works over the discharge of nitrates into the Des Moines River watershed.
Gov. Kim Reynolds, R – Iowa: "With the science-backed Nutrient Reduction Strategy as our road map ... we’re going to continue to charge forward with our water quality efforts," edit "Together we have the opportunity to modernize Iowa’s agricultural infrastructure, create jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities (and) promote collaboration between urban and rural communities."
For Market to Market, I’m Peter Tubbs. 


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