Jan 23, 2018

Iowa Considers Water Quality Legislation

If the bill passes, it would use tax money from metered water and dedicate it to the Water Quality Fund

Iowa considers water quality legislation

Iowa legislators have been working to pass a new piece of water quality legislation called Senate File 512. According to the Iowa Legislature, the proposed bill would amend the wastewater treatment financial assistance program, create a water quality infrastructure fund and establish a water quality financing program. Additionally, the bill would provide a cost-share program for infrastructure on agricultural land and create a water service excise tax.

For Iowa farmers, this could mean federal assistance for water quality infrastructure and technology. Bioreactors are a budding technology that uses wood chips to filter out nitrates found in farm water runoff and could become easier for farmers to install if the bill passes.

“They’re very expensive and to be honest, as farmers, we don’t get economic value out of [bioreactors],” said farmer Robb Ewoldt to WQAD News.

If the bill passes, it would use tax money from metered water and dedicate it to the Water Quality Fund, which would then support water quality infrastructure projects.

 

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