To the Editor:

The voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy is fighting an uphill battle. The most recent data shows bioreactor implementation is level, with no increase in implementation. Iowa lost 500,000 acres of timberlands in the last 10 years, and here in Hardin County, particularly in the Pine Lake Watershed, we are losing a critical 160 acres of CRP to speed planted row crops out by the Wildlife Club. Wetlands have been in decline every year in Iowa, since the voluntary NRS was adopted in 2013. Remember Iowans voted for and passed a 3/8 of a cent sales tax to help jump start the progress over 10 years ago but the Republican-controlled legislature refused to fund it because of the “no new taxes” pledge made under the Branstad administration.

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