CLEAN UP: Lawmakers Talk River Restoration

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Iowa lawmakers say more needs to be done to clean up our rivers.

Before any bills are drafted, they’re asking the experts how to do it.

“Our main objective is to learn and make recommendations to the full legislature come January,” said Senator Dick Dearden.

Monday, a bipartisan committee of state leaders met at the capitol.

They listened to representatives from the Iowa DNR, groups like Iowa Rivers Revival, and farmers.

The goal is to determine what river restoration projects the state should support.

Issues discussed include reducing high nitrate levels in our rivers, lowering the risk of flooding, and restoring wildlife.

“We see stabilizing the stream banks as very important. We see remaindering where possible. We see reconnecting flood banks to our rivers or streams,” said Jerry Peckumn of Iowa Rivers Revival.

Lawmakers say no time frame has been set for creating this river restoration plan.

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