In September 2016, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources identified needed updates to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Updates were necessary to keep the text of the strategy up-to-date based on current information and status of efforts related to the strategy.
Policy Considerations Updates:
* Added updates to reflect current efforts to evaluate nutrient credit trading opportunities.
Nonpoint Source Updates:
* Incorporated the previously released addition of saturated buffers as an edge-of-field practice that reduces nitrogen loss.
Point Source Updates:
* Clarification to the implementation plan details for new dischargers, power plants, and scenarios in which treatment is impracticable.
* Clarification to the “Revisions to Section 3.3 – List of Affected Facilities” section.
* Annual updates to the List of Affected Facilities.
In 2008 a task force was created with the intention for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to work together to develop a strategy to identify approaches for reducing pollutants (nutrients) discharged from wastewater treatment plants (point source), in combination with targeted practices designed to reduce agricultural pollutants from non-point sources such as farm fields.
The Iowa Nutrient Management Strategy was developed behind the scenes with no input from the public or conservation or river groups. It has been reported that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship prepared the portion of the report to address agricultural runoff and strongly resembles Iowa Farm Bureau statements and positions. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources prepared the sewage-treatment proposals.
→ Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy: http://www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu/
Comments prepared by DNR in response to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy indicate that “[m]ajor fundamental flaws permeate the “Strategy” while concrete ideas for implementation are not provided.” We have provided a link to these comments to help inform you of the many concerns associated with the “Strategy.”
→ DNR response to the “Strategy”: DNR Nonpoint Program Comments on Draft Nutrient Strategy.