Roadmap for Opportunity: Water quality and the Nutrient Reduction Strategy

  • September 18, 2018
  • IPP staff

Environmental issues—particularly water quality—are integral to a discussion of opportunity. Both the health and the economic fortunes of Iowans depend on a healthy environment and public policy that support it. Clean and abundant water is a critical asset that helps make Iowa an attractive place for families and businesses to locate.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) would appear to recognize this role, setting a goal to stop pollution by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus discharges by 45 percent. The NRS performance is another matter, due to policy shortcomings.