The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University announced this week that the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy has been completed and is available at www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu, according to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science- and technology-based approach to assess and reduce nutrients delivered to Iowa waterways and the Gulf of Mexico. The strategy is designed to direct efforts to reduce nutrients in surface water from both point sources, such as wastewater treatment plants and industrial facilities, and nonpoint sources, including farm fields and urban areas, in a scientific, reasonable and cost effective manner.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) worked with Iowa State University over a two-year period to develop a draft strategy that was released for public comment period on Nov. 19, 2012. Comments were received from Nov. 19, 2012 to Jan. 18, 2013. Four public meetings were held to educate the public about the draft strategy.
“We are appreciative of the huge interest in the draft strategy and we believe we have a stronger document due to the public comments we received. The intent of this strategy is to provide a comprehensive and integrated approach addressing both point and nonpoint sources of nutrients in a practical and scientific way,” says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.
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