Iowa Leaders React To Federal Judge’s Dismissal Of Des Moines Water Works’ Lawsuit

Friday’s decision by a federal district judge to dismiss in its entirety the Des Moines Water Works’ lawsuit against Sac, Calhoun and Buena Vista drainage districts has drawn praise from state agricultural leaders in government and industry. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, says this is “very welcome news and takes away an unnecessary distraction from the collaborative efforts underway to improve water quality in Iowa.” President of the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), Kurt Hora, agrees that the ruling is good news for Iowa. “The lawsuit has been a distraction to the implementation of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy, which started in 2013,” he says. “This favorable outcome will allow Iowa farmers to continue to advance our efforts of improving soil and water conservation without the inflexibility of burdensome regulations.” Northey adds that though there is still a lot of work to be done on water quality, the industry has taken up the challenge and has already seen exciting results. He says it is only by working together that big strides can be made.