House File 2038 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2038 BY WILLS A BILL FOR An Act requiring Iowa state university to develop a database of 1 water quality measurements within watersheds. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 5296YH (3) 86 da/rj
H.F. 2038 Section 1. 2015 Iowa Acts, chapter 132, section 18, 1 subsection 2, is amended by adding the following new paragraph: 2 NEW PARAGRAPH . c. Develop and maintain a database of water 3 quality measurements within the state’s watersheds based on 4 water samples collected by government entities and private 5 persons. The database shall be developed to allow persons, 6 including the general assembly and administrative agencies, to 7 determine which watersheds have the greatest and most immediate 8 need for action necessary to reduce the transport of nutrients 9 to water from nonpoint sources in accordance with the Iowa 10 nutrient reduction strategy described in paragraph “a”. Any 11 information identifying a person holding a legal interest 12 in agricultural land or identifying specific agricultural 13 land shall be a confidential record under section 22.7. The 14 college may cooperate with the Iowa nutrient research center 15 established in section 466B.47 in developing and maintaining 16 the database. The college shall transfer the database to the 17 center on March 1, 2018. 18 EXPLANATION 19 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 20 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 21 This bill requires Iowa state university’s college of 22 agriculture and life sciences to develop and maintain a 23 database of water quality measurements within the state’s 24 watersheds based on water samples collected by public and 25 private entities. The purpose of this database is to determine 26 which watersheds require the most immediate and greatest 27 efforts necessary to reduce the transport of nutrients to water 28 from nonpoint sources. The development and maintenance of the 29 database would be part of a three-year project established 30 in SF 494 (2015 Iowa Acts, ch. 132) which appropriated $1.23 31 million to the college for purposes of developing a database 32 to measure the impact of existing agricultural practices and 33 nutrient management decisions on the transport of nutrients 34 from nonpoint sources within watersheds. SF 494 provides 35 -1- LSB 5296YH (3) 86 da/rj 1/ 2
H.F. 2038 that the college is authorized to enter into a private-public 1 partnership with one or more persons responsible for receiving, 2 collecting, or holding the data. Information identifying a 3 person holding agricultural land or specific agricultural land 4 is a confidential record. The college must submit a final 5 report to the general assembly by March 1, 2018. On that date, 6 the college must transfer the database to the Iowa nutrient 7 research center. 8 -2- LSB 5296YH (3) 86 da/rj 2/ 2