The quality of Iowa’s water is at a tipping point. If action is not taken soon, communities in our state could be the next Flint, Michigan. The Branstad-Reynolds administration and Republicans in the legislature have turned a blind eye to Iowa’s water quality, choosing instead to attack those that have raised the alarm on this critical issue.
This is a public health issue and as governor I am committed to investing the resources necessary to fully fund the state’s nutrient reduction strategy to keep wastewater and farm runoff out of our water supply, identify ways to improve soil conservation, and slow runoff from our farms. But we also need to build accountability into these efforts to ensure we are seeing meaningful improvements in water quality across all Iowa communities. A commitment to conservation means our children and grandchildren will be able to continue to live, work, farm, hunt, and fish across our beautiful state.