House File 2186 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2186 BY WILLS A BILL FOR An Act authorizing the department of agriculture and land 1 stewardship’s division of soil conservation and water 2 quality to support privately sponsored innovative water 3 quality practices. 4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 5 TLSB 5322YH (2) 86 da/nh
H.F. 2186 Section 1. Section 466B.42, Code 2016, is amended to read 1 as follows: 2 466B.42 Water quality initiative. 3 The division shall establish a water quality initiative 4 in order to assess and reduce nutrients in this state’s 5 watersheds, including subwatersheds, and regional watersheds. 6 The division shall establish and administer projects to 7 reduce nutrients in surface waters from nonpoint sources in 8 a scientific, reasonable, and cost-effective manner. The 9 division may establish projects and award project grants to 10 support privately sponsored innovative water quality practices, 11 including new methods to reduce the transport of nutrients 12 to surface water from nonpoint sources within watersheds in 13 accordance with the latest revision of the document entitled 14 “Iowa nutrient reduction strategy” initially presented in 15 November 2012 by the department of agriculture and land 16 stewardship, the department of natural resources, and Iowa 17 state university of science and technology. The division shall 18 utilize a pragmatic, strategic, and coordinated approach with 19 the goal of accomplishing reductions over time. 20 EXPLANATION 21 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 22 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 23 This bill authorizes the division of soil conservation 24 and water conservation of the department of agriculture and 25 land stewardship to establish projects and award project 26 grants to support privately sponsored innovative water quality 27 practices, including new methods to reduce the transport of 28 nutrients to surface water from nonpoint sources. The division 29 would administer the grant project as part of the state’s 30 water quality initiative. The division supports initiative 31 projects by using moneys appropriated to the water quality 32 initiative fund (Code section 466B.45). Moneys in the fund 33 are used to finance projects in subwatersheds that are part 34 of high-priority watersheds identified by the water resources 35 -1- LSB 5322YH (2) 86 da/nh 1/ 2
H.F. 2186 coordinating council (2015 Iowa Acts, chapter 132, sections 8 1 and 31). 2 -2- LSB 5322YH (2) 86 da/nh 2/ 2