Governor Visits Watershed Project

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Iowa water quality is a big topic for farmers across the state.
Governor Terry Branstad toured a wetland project at Lake Panorama that's nearly done.
The idea started about three years ago from the Lake Panorama Association because they'd have to dredge the lake.
Now, with engineers following the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, the nearly completed wetland project would reduce silting.
Governor Branstad says another goal is to reduce nutrient loss by 45% and this project could reach 70% reduction.
Branstad says, "I think the biggest benefit is what it does to improve water quality. That's something that we all want to do. And this is a way to do it and learning from the experience we've had with other projects. The way they've designed this is to try and make it even more efficient to take more of the nitrogen out of the water before it gets to the lake or to the river."