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FR:      Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
TO:      Iowa Reporters and Editors
RE:      End of Legislative Session – Water Quality Funding
DA:     Saturday, April 22, 2017

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey issued the following statement following the closing of the 2017 Legislative Session.  Northey’s statement follows here:

“Iowa is recognized as a national leader for its collaborative, research-based efforts to improve water quality and we are proud of all the work that is being done on our farms and in communities across the state.

I want to thank the Iowa legislature for approving increased annual appropriations for both the water quality initiative and soil conservation efforts in fiscal year 2018.  The Iowa legislature approved over $10.5 million for water quality efforts this session which will allow us to continue to expand the efforts already underway.  I also want to thank the Governor and Lt. Governor for their continued leadership in identifying and securing ongoing funding to support water quality efforts in Iowa. 

While I am disappointed the Legislature was not able to reach an agreement on a long-term water quality funding source this year, we will continue the important work of reaching out and working with all Iowans to achieve the water quality goals we share.”






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