Letter: Save Linn County's natural resources

Not long ago, songbirds, pheasants, quail, bees and other pollinators were abundant in Iowa’s landscape. Ducks graced our ponds and rivers, which were clear enough to see the minnows between your toes.

Those opportunities have become harder to find. Pheasant and quail populations have collapsed. Ducks aren’t as plentiful. Monarch and other butterfly populations have drastically declined. Our muddy, silted and polluted rivers and creek are filled with more rough fish like carp than quality fish stocks. One major reason is our declining water quality.

Currently in Linn County, there are 19 segments of impaired waterway in nine bodies of water, including the Cedar River and Indian Creek. Impaired waterways are a warning sign that we need to act before it’s too late.

When early voting and on Nov. 8, Linn County voters have the opportunity to take action by investing to improve the water quality of the rivers and streams in the county, and providing natural floodwater storage to reduce flooding. That opportunity is voting yes on Linn County’s Water & Land Legacy Bond.

Voting yes also includes investing in the protection of natural areas that will preserve habitat for wildlife, pollinators and provide areas for recreation. By protecting natural areas we can help build and maintain wildlife populations and continue the traditions of outdoor activity for future generations.

Preserving our clean water and natural resources is critical to Linn County’s future. Take action to protect our natural areas. Vote yes on Linn County’s Water & Land Legacy bond.

Greg Johnston, Habitat Chairman

Linn County Pheasant Forever


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