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927Fwd: IRR Legislative Update 2-21-12

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  • Rick Dietz
    Feb 22, 2012
      For those who don't already receive these updates...

      Within this Iowa Rivers Revival Legislative Update you will find a link to the IRR petition requesting state funding for Iowa's river programs.  Please consider signing. The goal of two hundred signatures is not many compared to the thousands of river users (tubers, paddlers, fishermen, etc) across the state.  Imagine those user numbers compared to those of the Lake Delhi community, a lake that has often been described as a private lake and an impoundment  that would never be considered today given it's watershed to pool ratio.

      State funding ($5 million over two years) is rapidly moving forward for a new Delhi dam with no requirement for public access or fish passage, and no requirement to address what has been described as the state's largest unsewered community. State funding for the Delhi dam will come from the DNR's lake restoration program which is also being cut, meaning that funding  for a number of other restoration projects that DO meet the DNR's own requirements (including our own Hickory Grove Lake) will be delayed.

      Meanwhile, the proposed budget for our rivers is at zero. Again.

      Please sign the IRR's petition for river program funding. Read the IRR Fact Sheet on Lake Delhi and read the American Rivers blog response to the recent Cedar Rapids Gazette article. And then write your legislators and the governor and let them know how you feel. They have the ear of the Delhi residents, obviously, and it's time that they hear from the rest of us.


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      Subject:IRR Legislative Update 2-21-12
      Date:Tue, 21 Feb 2012 15:00:54 -0600
      From:Iowa Rivers Revival <rlehman@...>


      IRR Legislative Update from Jerry Peckumn, Board Chair

      February 21, 2012

       

      Yesterday, activity that passed out of a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee by party line vote included:

      ·         $2.5 mil for Lake Delhi for the next two fiscal years with no strings.

      ·         No money for river trails/restoration.

      ·         Lake restoration was cut another $1 mil to $4,459,000.

      ·         State Park infrastructure remains at $5 mil.

      ·         Recreation trails (DOT) is $3 mil.

       

      Don, Brazelton, IRR’s lobbyist continues to talk with key legislators about the importance and advantages of providing funding to protect and enhance Iowa’s rivers.  More than ever before, Iowa legislators are hearing that Iowan’s care about rivers and water quality – we need to continue to have those conversations.

       

      River Restoration – Help us get to 200 signatures

      Right now we have collected over 145 signatures.  Help us send a message to the Iowa legislature that you support river funding! http://www.change.org/petitions/iowa-governor-and-iowa-legislature-iowas-rivers-need-more-public-funding-2

       

      Iowa Rivers Revival is advocating for an annual $1,000,000 investment in river restoration and dam mitigation to provide communities across Iowa opportunities to embrace and enhance their riverfronts.  Just as the lake restoration program has benefited all Iowans, restoring our rivers would provide many economic and quality of life benefits across the state. 

       

      The Governor and a subcommittee of Senate Appropriations has provided no funding in the budget for river-related programs and priorities for 2013.  Sign the petition and urge your Iowa legislators to support funding for river restoration and dam mitigation programs.

       

      Delhi Update

      American Rivers wrote a fantastic blog in response to rebuilding the Delhi Dam and the Gazette’s editorial

      -          Don't Let Lake Delhi Destroy the Maquoketa River :  http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/sstrassman-20120216-dont-let-lake-delhi-destroy-maquoketa-river.html

       

      Despite IRR’s efforts to raise concerns about the sustainability and viability of the Maquoketa River, a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee met yesterday and recommended $2.5 million for  the next two years.  The next move is to contact House Appropriation Committee members to express IRR’s opposition to rebuilding the dam, it is a waste of tax payer funds on essentially a private lake. The Delhi dam promoters are pushing very hard to build a dam without fish passage, with no plan to deal with sewage discharges from lake homes, with no financial plans for dredging, and limited public accessFact Sheet

       

      Reminder: The Delaware County Supervisors are meeting on Wednesday, February 29th  at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in the Pavilion to accept public (or written) comments regarding whether to give the Lake Delhi interests $3 million for rebuilding the Dam or if there is interest for county residents to vote on supporting/funding the project.  A decision will most likely be made at the following County Supervisors meeting. 

       

      LOBBYIST REPORT from Don Brazelton

       

      NEXT WEEK IS THE REAL FIRST FUNNEL.  I obtained a copy of the Session Calendar prior to the passage of the resolution with moved funnel dates up one week.  What I wasn’t aware of is the Legislative Information Office changed the dates to reflect the new dates prior to the passage of the resolution.  Some sectors of government are able to work with speed and a clear crystal ball.

       

      IWILL DAY AT THE CAPITOL.  Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  Iowa's Water & Land Legacy and the Iowa REAP Alliance are excited to announce our now annual Lobby Day on the Hill at the Iowa State Capitol on February 22, 2012.           Supporters will be meeting at the State Capitol at 9:00 A.M. on February 22nd to ask your legislators to support fully funding REAP at $20 million for FY 2013 and avoiding any special interest earmarks or cuts in the program.

      -          For more information about REAP, you can visit: www.REAPALLIANCE.org or www.IOWASWATERANDLANDLEGACY.ORG

      -          If you want to learn about REAP projects in YOUR county, you can visit our "County-by-County" information map here.    

      -          Contact your legislator to let them know that you will be at the Capitol that day and wish to speak with them.  If you can’t come to the Capitol, please email or call them for their support.

       

      Here’s a bill to discuss with your legislators at the IWiLL/REAP Day.  HSB 645, STATE EFFICIENCIES.  Among numerous proposals, the bill requires the DNR to sell property to generate $20 million for REAP

      -          DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES —— SALE OF REAL PROPERTY. During the fiscal period beginning on the effective date of this division of this Act, and ending June 30, 2013, the department of natural resources shall identify and sell real property under the control of the department, the sale of which is not otherwise prohibited by federal law, that is not utilized for state parks and forests in sufficient acreage that shall generate at least twenty million dollars.  The funds generated are to be deposited into the REAP Account.  Fish & game lands would be protected constitutionally and any sale of land would have to go to the Trust Fund.  HSG subcom-Cownie, Kaufmann, Lensing, Mascher, Vander Linden.

       

      AG & NATURAL RESOURCES BUDGET BILL.  NO BILL NUMBER YET.

      The House version of the bill passed out of the House subcom by a 5-4 party-line vote & passed the full HAC on a party-line vote.  The bill was described by Rep Drake as “a work in progress”.  The amounts recommended in the H bill include the second year amount of the two-year budget bill passed last year.  I have rounded the amounts



      Gov Recommendation

      House Recommendation

      DNR





      Operations


      $12.467M


      $11.832M

      Floodplain Mgt


      $2M


      $1.8M

      Forestry Health


      0


      $0.1M

      Geological Survey

      0


      $0.2M



      $14.467M


      $13.932M






      AG


      $16.783M


      $18.552M






      ISU Vet Lab


      $3.238M


      $3.24






      Env First Fund  (Authorized at $35M, $23M expended by H)






      DNR





      Volunteers


      $0.1M


      $0.1M

      Parks Operations

      $3.210M


      $3.210M

      GIS - Watersheds

      $0.195M


      $0.195M

      Water Monitoring

      $2.955M


      $2.955M

      Water Protection

      $0.5M


      $0.5M

      Animal Regulation

      $0.420M


      $0.420M

      Air Monitoring


      $0.425M


      $0.425M

      Water Quality


      $0.495M


      $0.495M

      Forestry Health


      $0.1M


      0 (Now GF)

      Geological Survey

      $0.2M


      0 (Now GF)






      AG





      Cons Res Enhancement

      $1M


      $1M

      Watershed Protection

      $0.9M