Nearly five years ago, an overwhelming majority of Iowa voters (63%) supported the creation of the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, which would provide sustainable, and substantial funding for conservation, and go toward unmet funding needs in existing programs.
However, the trust, which would raise an estimated $150 million annually to better protect our water quality, agricultural soils and wildlife habitat, has never been filled. This is the year to change that.
Join Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy (IWILL) Coalition and Iowans across the state TODAY for a Virtual Day of Action to tell legislators that the time is now, the need is clear, and it is time to fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.
Our natural resources are an important part of our heritage and our future. The vast majority of trust fund dollars are designated for water quality improvement projects, including watershed protection, wildlife habitat, lake restoration, and enhancing flood protection efforts. Critical funding for the Nutrient Reduction Strategy can also be realized with this trust.
For nearly five years, Iowans have waited for consistent, reliable funding to protect Iowa’s water quality, agricultural soils and wildlife habitat. We cannot afford to wait any longer. Contact your legislators today and tell them now is the time to fund the trust.