Help restore Iowa's rivers...submit comments to Iowa Legislators by Dec 10

(Thanks for the heads up on an important issue that's below the radar for most Iowans. Improving our rivers would be a huge plus for the economy as well as for the environment. - promoted by desmoinesdem)

Iowans have the ear of our Iowa legislators — voice your support to help establish a statewide River Restoration Program. Submit your comments by Tuesday, Dec 10th. 

Iowa Rivers Revival was successful last legislative session in encouraging the Iowa Legislature to convene an Iowa Rivers and Waterways Study Committee. The committee will meet on Tuesday, December 10th at the Iowa Statehouse to hear testimony from a broad group of stakeholders in considering options for restoring the quality of Iowa’s rivers and waterways.

The Study Committee objectives are to develop recommendations for an initial plan to prioritize river and waterway projects and provide defined goals and measurable improvements.

ACTION: Organizations and individuals that champion efforts to improve Iowa’s water quality and the conditions of our rivers and streams are needed to help inform and influence this process. Restoring Iowa's rivers would benefit all Iowans – it would improve water quality, enhance local economies, preserve Iowa's farmland, improve wildlife habitat, and help reduce the impacts of flooding.

1. Submit written comments to the interim committee by Tuesday, December 10th. You can also review comments that have already been submitted.

2. Attend the committee meeting at the statehouse on December 10th at 10 a.m. in Room 103 to show your support. This meeting is open to the public and we need your support to pack the room in strong support for establishing a statewide River Restoration Program. Please e-mail rlehman@iowarivers.org if you can attend.

3. Contact your legislators in support of establishing a River Restoration Program.

4. Encourage organizations and individuals who you know are committed to improving water quality and the condition of Iowa’s river and waterways to submit comments and attend the meeting on the 10th.

An Iowa River Restoration Program could provide a framework for targeted restoration, preservation, enhancement and beneficial use of Iowa rivers. A program can be based on existing models such as Iowa’s successful Lake Restoration Program, and on best practices learned from other states. Iowa’s rivers face tremendously complicated challenges, and developing a program run by professionals with appropriate training and experience is crucial to restoring river structure and function, and improving water quality. Decisions and actions that impact our waterways affect the economic, environmental, social and political environment of Iowa communities and states downstream.

Helpful Links: 

IRR's comments to the Iowa Rivers and Waterways Study Committee

IRR's Fact Sheet on River Restoration

Iowa Rivers and Waterways Study Committee

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