IA DNR invites the public to learn more about State Nutrient Strategy at upcoming meetings

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources say three informational meetings regarding the recently released Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, will be held the week of December 17th in Denison, Ames and Waterloo.  DNR Director Churck Gipp says “These meetings are an important opportunity for the public and key stakeholders to ask questions and learn more about this plan. In western Iowa, a meeting on Nutrient Reduction Strategy will take place at the Boulders Conference Center in Denison (2507 Boulders Dr.), beginning at 6:30-p.m., Dec, 17th.  Other meetings will be held Dec. 19th in Ames, and Dec. 21st in Waterloo.

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says the goal of reducing nutrients in Iowa’s waters is an effort that will require everyone working together. Northey says what makes the plan so “exciting,” is that “It’s the first time we have had all the key stakeholders moving in the same direction toward the common goal of reducing nutrients, both here in Iowa and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.”

Comments on the strategy will not be accepted during the three meetings, but Iowans are invited to review the full strategy and provide comment at www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu.