House File 2340 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2340 BY COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE (SUCCESSOR TO HF 2187) A BILL FOR An Act requiring that state efforts to reduce nutrient loads in 1 surface waters be customized based on a watershed’s unique 2 characteristics. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 5302HV (1) 86 da/nh
H.F. 2340 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 466B.4A Customized initiatives. 1 Any initiative, including but not limited to a plan, 2 project, practice, or program, established or administered 3 under this chapter to reduce measurable contributing nutrient 4 loads to a receiving surface water of a watershed shall 5 take into account the watershed’s topography, soils, types 6 of surface waters, farming practices, land uses, types of 7 contributing nutrients, and other relevant characteristics of 8 the watershed. 9 EXPLANATION 10 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 11 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 12 BILL’S PROVISIONS. This bill provides that any initiative 13 established or administered under Code chapter 466B to reduce 14 measurable contributing nutrient loads to a receiving surface 15 water of a watershed must take into account the watershed’s 16 physical characteristics and uses. 17 GENERAL. Code chapter 466B, the “Surface Water Protection 18 and Flood Mitigation Act”, includes a number of Code sections 19 that provide for the improvement of surface water quality, 20 including efforts to assess and reduce nutrients in this 21 state’s watersheds as established or administered by the 22 department of natural resources, the department of agriculture 23 and land stewardship, the water resources coordinating council, 24 a watershed planning advisory council, the Iowa nutrient 25 research center, the Iowa nutrient research center advisory 26 council, local communities, and political subdivisions. 27 -1- LSB 5302HV (1) 86 da/nh 1/ 1