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  1. 1 shot kill

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    Use this thread to share all news and information.

    Please delete outdated information per this will be a continuous running thread.

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    Send your Legislature an e mail folks from both sides. Take the time and get it done.

    Good afternoon,

    You are invited to attend IRR?s Legislative Reception on Monday, February 3rd from 5 ? 7 p.m. at the Noodle Zoo Cafe on E 6th and Locust in Des Moines. Last year?s reception was a huge SUCCESS with over a hundred people attending, and forty-nine of those guests were a bi-partisan representation of Iowa legislators.

    This reception is a fun way to connect with your legislators and other river advocates about river issues in a casual environment. Light appetizers and beverages are provided at no cost. Come learn more about river issues and share with us your local projects and interests that impact Iowa?s rivers and streams. Please RSVP.

    With over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams in this state, nearly every legislator in Iowa is connected to one or many of these important resources. Establishing and maintaining legislative relationships are key to ongoing support for river programs and funding that can protect and improve Iowa?s rivers and water quality. We hope you can attend and invite your lawmakers to join us whether you can attend or not. Drop them a quick note and encourage them to attend.

    Example: ?Dear Senator/Representative?I live in Cedar Rapids near the Cedar River ? Iowa Rivers Revival is hosting a legislative reception on Monday, Feb 3 at the Noodle Zoo Caf? on E 6th and Locust from 5-7 p.m. and I hope you can attend to learn more about Iowa?s river programs and the many benefits rivers provide our community. Protecting and improving Iowa?s rivers and water quality are important to me because?. Sincerely, Name, Address?

    Key River Issues:

    ***River Restoration Program for Iowa-IRR was successful in 2013 in recruiting legislative support to explore the potential of a River Restoration Program in Iowa. The bi-partisan Iowa Rivers and Waterways Study Committee unanimously supported recommendations to develop a program and demonstration projects that model river restoration practices. We need Senate and House Ag/Natural Resources Committees to propose $1 million in funding to support these recommendations.

    ***Low-Head Dam Mitigation and Water Trails Funding- IRR led support for $1 million in state funding in 2012 and 2013. We are seeking $2 million in 2014 to address the growing interest and demand in this cost-share program. Funding from this program provides local communities opportunities to address a range of river projects that improve safety by removing old and unsafe low-head dams, develop recreational accesses, provide guidance and information with kiosks and signage, enhance local economies by providing attractive river amenities for local and out-of-town visitors, and assist communities interested in water trail development.

    Join us to support efforts to raise awareness about the importance of river funding and programs that can protect and improve Iowa?s rivers. RSVP to Jenn Dreier, administrative coordinator at jdreier@iowarivers.org or 515.724.4093 to help us plan appropriately for this event.

    Please consider a donation to IRR today. Your contribution will help efforts to elevate river issues at the Iowa Statehouse and ensure Iowa?s rivers are protected and enhanced for future generations. You can donate online or mail a check to: Iowa Rivers Revival, PO Box 72, Des Moines, Iowa 50301. We greatly appreciate your contribution at any amount.

    Thank you!

    Rosalyn Lehman
    Executive Director
    Iowa Rivers Revival
    PO Box 72, Des Moines, IA 50301
    515-704-4073
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    Everyone wants to know WHY WE are losing wetland acres? Pay attention to the reason / case some are making to drain a known slough. Not to mention when they do this type of crap, restoration is nearly impossible as the drainage ditch has altered native hydrology function.

    http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/lo...cle_8a9e81ac-7abb-54dd-a120-a5f241dd29d1.html

    It fricking sickens me. Subsidizing bad behavior why at the same time put the future liabilities associated with it on the backs of future Iowa tax payers.

    Make sure to send the writer your thoughts to this activity that has turned our landscape into a giant parking lot, its waters into a chemically induced tragedy.
     
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    WASHINGTON ? Jan. 27, 2014 ? After three long years of compromise, the four primary Agriculture Committee negotiators announced the final farm bill agreement today, and it enhances and strengthens vital polices for wildlife, sportsmen and women and all citizens.

    The 2014 Farm Bill includes the conservation and sporting community?s top priority of re-coupling conservation compliance to crop insurance. Additionally, the bill includes an important Sodsaver program. Though DU advocated for a national Sodsaver program, the final bill includes a regional program that will affect the nation?s top duck producing states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Both provisions are designed to encourage the conservation of our nation?s remaining wetlands and grasslands, which help keep our waters clean, prevent soil erosion and provide vital habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

    ?The 2014 Farm Bill is arguably one of the best agriculture conservation bills for sportsmen and ducks that we?ve seen in a long time,? said DU CEO Dale Hall. ?Our nation is currently experiencing a rate of wetland and native prairie loss not seen since the Dust Bowl. The proactive conservation programs included in the 2014 Farm Bill will help deter wetland drainage and incentivize the conservation of these valuable lands while keeping working farmers and ranchers on their land.?

    More than $1 billion was also allocated for wetlands and grasslands conservation easements, representing some of the most successful private-lands conservation programs, providing a voluntary, non-regulatory, incentive-based way for private landowners, farmers and ranchers to protect and restore wetlands and grasslands on their property. The programs had expired and were not accepting new acreage enrollments.

    Wetlands benefit humans and wildlife by ensuring clean drinking water, lessening the impact of floods, slowing the rate of habitat destruction and keeping working farms and ranches productive. In part due to the unintended consequences of current agriculture policy and advanced technology, the United States has lost of more than 70 percent of the nation?s native grasslands and 50 percent of its wetlands.

    ?DU congratulates Agriculture Committee Chairs Stabenow and Lucas, Senator Cochran and Congressman Peterson, the four principal negotiators of the 2014 Farm Bill, on their bipartisan accomplishment,? Hall said. ?We urge the House and Senate to quickly pass the comprehensive 2014 Farm Bill to provide the agriculture and conservation communities with a solid policy foundation for the future.?
     
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    Ok folks I have been working when I can on a couple Conservation Legislative Proposals for the Iowa 2016 legislative session.

    One proposal calls for all IDNR / Public Lands that are rented to grow crops / livestock, said revenues generated shall go into the Iowa Habitat Stamp Program with the strict purposes to Support Habitat Management, Enhancement, Restoration ,Acquisition or to pay associated property taxes on said public lands. Presently how the system works is said revenues are collected on said rented acres and those revenues are then allocated into the Fish & Wildlife Trust Fund. < ------------ That is the problem. There is no specific designation as to how those revenues are to be used or allocated and that means those revenues could be allocated to a host of other purposes that have ABSOLUTELY Nothing to do with improving habitat, managing habitat, restoring habitat or even paying said associated property taxes on said public hunting areas. The Proposal I have puts and end to any other use of those revenues and specifically Identifies what those revenues should be spent on and where they should be allocated to.


    Here is the exact Synopsis of the Bill proposal:

    " All Public land that is leased for Agricultural purposes or Livestock, said revenues gained by the IDNR through said agreements shall be directed back into the Iowa Habitat Stamp Program to Enhance Habitat, Restore habitat , Acquisition or utilized to pay said property taxes on said public lands where recreational Hunting, Fishing and Trapping are key activities of said facility. "
    If as an Iowan Sportsmen you Support the above proposal please send your letter of Support to:
    Copy Paste below email addresses to composed mail and hit send
    chris.hall@legis.iowa.gov,
    dick.dearden@legis.iowa.gov,
    fhd101@aol.com
    Stay Tuned as in the 1st weeks of November I will publicly release The Iowa Aquatics Management Area Program.
    It has the potential to provide Iowa Sportsmen with Thousands or acres of Opportunity along our Iowa Rivers, Streams and Creeks why Improving Habitat, Enhancing Habitat, Restoring Habitat, Acquisition of New Public acres or Long Term Conservation easement Agreements where public Access is permitted. Said revenues generated under the program also has the potential to not only boost habitat in Iowa, increase access in Iowa ,but also generate Millions of dollars by federal conservation grants to maximize sportsmens investments. This specific program has the greatest ability to position Iowa Sportsmen to compete for those Federal Conservation dollars. By doing so this also compounds sportsmens revenues to the greatest extent to maximize on the ground Habitat Work. Said revenues will be supplemental to the existing IDNR budget and fully protected based on the language in the proposal that specifically outlines how the said revenues shall be spent. As always I appreciate everyone taking the time to read and to actively participate in the process of improving our futures as Iowa Sportsmen and to improving Habitat in Iowa for our Wildlife. Most importantly is the Legacy we leave behind for Future Generations of Iowa Sportsmen to Enjoy. Securing this Heritage for Today & Tomorrow. Please forward this letter to your Conservation Organization leadership share with fellow Sportsmen and certainly your region's outdoor writers. Your Support and Membership Support is going to be essential in making these Proposals Happen.
    Sincerely,
    William J. Smith
    Sioux City Iowa
    5309 hwy 75n lot 44
    51108
    712-274-3343
     

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