Comment period extended on Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy until Jan. 18
DES MOINES — The public comment period for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy has been extended by two weeks until Jan. 18, 2013. The original 45-day comment period was scheduled to close on Jan. 4.
It has been the goal all along to have broad public input on the strategy and It is hoped the two additional weeks will allow more Iowans to review the strategy and provide comment. There have been some requests for an extension of the comment period so those interested may take advantage of the additional time to participate in the comment period, said DNR Director Chuck Gipp and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based approach to assess and reduce nutrients delivered to Iowa waterways and the Gulf of Mexico. The strategy outlines voluntary efforts to reduce nutrients in surface water from both point sources, such as wastewater treatment plants and industrial facilities, and nonpoint sources, including farm fields and urban areas, in a scientific, reasonable and cost effective manner.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) worked with Iowa State University over a two-year period to develop the strategy. The resulting strategy is the first time such a comprehensive and integrated approach addressing both point and nonpoint sources of nutrients has been completed.
The full report, additional information and place for comments can be found at <www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu>.
As of Jan. 2, more than 350 comments had been received on the plan.