Why is it so important for Iowans to comment on the state’s new strategy to clean up Iowa’s murky waters? In message after message, the Iowa Environmental Council’s members are explaining the problem better than we ever could. Here’s a note we just received from a supporter in Grinnell:
Let me share an embarrassing story about Iowa. A professional colleague of mine driving through our state decided to camp at my local state park. Setting up his tent with his family at Rock Creek, they were appalled at how bad the lake smelled. The water was too dirty to swim in and it smelled like a cesspool. For the remainder of his trip, his kids referred to the lake as “stink creek”.
I know his report to be true. I can’t take my kids to swim at the Rock Creek Lake because the water is too dirty. Similarly, my canoe goes unused because what should be our very beautiful local rivers are too polluted to make the trip enjoyable. I have tried multiple times to canoe Iowa waterways. The few exceptions make it clear that we COULD make the water cleaner, but we have chosen to allow (or even encourage) people to pollute these waterways. The polluted riverways clearly have an economic impact, effecting whether our talented young people decide to stay in the state, whether we can recruit excellent people to work at growing Iowa businesses, and even whether a tourist decides to travel to our state and visit.
Do you have a story like this to share? We encourage you to tell it to state leaders by writing a public comment on Iowa’s nutrient strategy.