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Dismissal of water lawsuit restores focus on actionable solutions

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Iowa Soybean Association President Rolland Schnell issued this statement following today’s dismissal by Federal Judge Leonard Strand of a lawsuit brought by Des Moines Water Works against drainage districts operating in three northwest Iowa counties.

“Today’s decision dismissing an expensive and needless lawsuit is welcomed news. It restores momentum behind projects that actually increase the scale and pace of adoption of conservation practices by all Iowans, including landowners and farmers.

“The litigious scheme pursued by the Des Moines Water Works was expensive and divisive. We encourage the utility to re-engage in a cooperative approach with rural Iowa to make real and long-lasting improvements in water quality.

“Iowa soybean farmers remain steadfastly focused on advancing real solutions to better water. Watershed planning, an approach Iowa Soybean Association is heavily invested in, is the catalyst for long-term improvement in water and nutrient management.

“We remain committed to increasing the adoption of cover crop plantings, bioreactors, saturated buffers and conservation tillage while targeting installation of these practices where they have the most impact on the quality of our rivers, lakes and streams.

“These efforts, advanced by the Iowa Soybean Association, farmers and landowners, are generating results:

· Cover crop use anticipated to increase to 750,000 acres this year, an increase from about 500,000 acres in 2015 and approximately 10,000 acres in 2010;

· Iowa Soybean Association tile water monitoring conducted last year documented a 29 percent nitrate concentration reduction in fields with cover crops;

· Iowa Soybean Association monitoring of bioreactors has shown a 20-50 percent reduction in nitrate concentration; we are increasing the number of bioreactors deployed statewide as well as the installation of saturated buffers.

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