Earlier this fall, the legislative Rivers and Waterways Study Committee asked for public input on how to protect Iowa’s Rivers. Based on the amount of public comments received from Iowans across the state, plus the information received from agencies, landowners, and other entities involved in river restoration, the Legislative Committee studying Iowa’s rivers and waterways made it clear today that river and waterway restoration is necessary, that it will provide numerous benefits to water quality and wildlife habitat in Iowa, and should be a focus of state government.

To that end, the committee recommended the Dept. of Natural Resources and Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship develop a plan that builds upon current and emergent efforts that identify and facilitate meaningful and effective river restoration priorities; and continue to initiate and cooperate in demonstration projects with local landowners and watershed groups to provide examples of options and outcomes that could address a range of restoration needs and opportunities.