Conservation Districts of Iowa, made up of mostly farmers, unanimously passed a resolution to-wards the statewide adoption of mandatory 30 feet vegetative strips along streams so as to protect stream banks and water quality. Studies have shown that it would immensely improve water quality in Iowa.
I was so disappointed to read in The Gazette that Mr. Sherm Lundy opposed this basic, reasonable expectation. He claimed it ought to be voluntary. Please tell me a single societal improvement in public health that was voluntary. Was removing lead from gasoline and paint voluntary? Was banning DDT voluntary? Smoking ban?
We know voluntary measures alone have not produced results. To protect the very things the flag stands — Iowa’s soils and waters — collective action is required.
Mr. Lundy seems comfortable with Iowa’s polluted waters and when practical ideas are proposed he trashes them without proposing an effective alternative.