Encourage Governor Branstad to support clean water in Iowa’s rivers and lakes

ACTION ALERT

Second update:  Governor Branstad signed the bill and authorized the funds!

Update:  An issue with this post that prevented the links from functioning properly has been corrected.

Governor Branstad is currently considering whether to sign legislation funding two important programs supporting clean water and recreation in Iowa’s rivers and lakes through the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund.

Because the Governor is expected to act on this legislation as soon as Thursday, now is the time to encourage him to approve appropriations for two key programs:

  • $1 million to remove dangerous low-head dams and establish water trails on Iowa’s rivers, and
  • $6 million to support Iowa’s public lake restoration program for sediment control and other activities that improve lake recreation and habitat.

If the Governor says yes to supporting clean water in Iowa’s rivers and lakes, he will be saying:

  • Yes to supporting recreational resources that Iowans use and enjoy.  Lake and river improvement projects focus on making public uses of lakes and rivers better by improving water quality and enhancing public access and safety.
  • Yes to providing Iowans jobs and economic opportunities.  Iowa State University research has attributed billions of dollars in annual economic impact and thousands of jobs to lake and river recreation.

Members of the Iowa House and Senate came together to support these critical programs to protect and enhance lakes and rivers all across the state.  You can encourage the Governor to do so as well by taking action now.

This action alert is different from those we normally send because you will need to manually fill out the Governor’s feedback form.  You can access the form with the link below.  When you are required to select a topic for your message to the Governor, we suggest choosing “Natural Resources/Conservation.”

The Governor’s feedback form is located at https://governor.iowa.gov/constituent-services/register-opinion

SUGGESTED MESSAGE TO GOVERNOR BRANSTAD

(We encourage you to personalize this message to explain why you think good stewardship of lakes and rivers is important.)

Dear Governor Branstad:

This year, members of the Iowa House and Senate came together to support two important appropriations (in SF 2316) to improve water quality and protect Iowa’s rivers and lakes, including:

$1 million to remove dangerous low-head dams and establish water trails on Iowa’s rivers, and
$6 million to support Iowa’s public lake restoration program.

During Soil and Water Conservation Week earlier this year, you appropriately recognized the many benefits good environmental stewardship brings to Iowa.  These appropriations represent significant progress on Iowa’s commitment to caring for the state’s natural resources, and I encourage you to sign them into law right away.

Sincerely,
[your name]

SEND YOUR MESSAGE NOW:

The Governor’s feedback form is located at https://governor.iowa.gov/constituent-services/register-opinion

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One response to “Encourage Governor Branstad to support clean water in Iowa’s rivers and lakes

  1. The link to the Governor’s feedback form yields an empty page on my PC using the Chrome browser and XP.