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Water plan comment period extended

The goal of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus levels by 45% in Iowa’s waterways, such as the Des Moines River pictured above.

The public comment period for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy has been extended until Friday, January 18; originally the comment period spanned 45 days and ended on January 4. So far the strategy has garnered over 350 comments.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and DNR Director Chuck Gipp have maintained that public input (and not just from agriculture) was a goal for the strategy, and have stated their hope that the extension of the comment period will allow more Iowans to look over and comment on the strategy before it moves ahead.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a two-year effort by IDALS, DNR and Iowa State University. It’s composed of voluntary efforts to rein in the presence of nitrogen and phosphorus in Iowa’s surface water from point sources, such as sewage treatment plants, and nonpoint sources, such as farm fields.

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