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Next Steps for Iowa Water Quality

Iowa can chart a path forward in addressing water quality by building on its existing framework of a watershed approach with greater emphasis on watershed planning and leadership.

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Progress has been made, but challenges remain in Iowa’s pursuit of clean water

Since 2012, the state of Iowa has invested approximately $541 million to improve water quality, an estimated $4 to $6 billion problem in the state. Meanwhile, the federal government has paid Iowa farmers more than $2.76 billion for on-farm conservation practices over the past two decades. Even with this investment, water quality in the state has much room for improvement, according to a Center for Rural Affairs report released in March.

Flowing Forward: Iowa’s role in cleaning up the Gulf

The state of Iowa has a lot of water. In fact, the state contains more than two dozen rivers, including the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. For many years, state leaders have grappled with the question of how to improve the quality of Iowa’s waterways. Meanwhile, lakes have been listed as “impaired” by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and rivers have elevated levels of nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, flowing downstream. But, the impacts of poor water quality in the state have expansive consequences which have caused issues as far south as the Gulf of Mexico.

You can determine your actual broadband connection

Across rural America, many small businesses, farmers and ranchers, and rural communities struggle to gain access to a reliable, high-speed broadband internet connection. However, if you look at a coverage map from any state’s internet service providers, it will likely tell a very different, out-of-touch story.

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