What’s Next for the DMWW Lawsuit

In our recent issue of the Soil Report, I spoke of the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) lawsuit, the current status and how it effects Iowa producers. Since then, as many of you know, the lawsuit has been dismissed on the grounds that the drainage districts were not eligible to be sued. Although this looks to be a positive, the threat of future or similar lawsuits still looms. The concern moving forward is although it was determined the DMWW couldn’t sue the drainage districts in question, they can find other targets to go after. These targets could include individual farmers.
It is now our responsibility as producers and agribusinesses to show voluntary programs, such as the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS), can be successfully implemented and make an impactful difference. Water quality is important to all Iowans, both rural and urban, and I believe moving forward it will only continue to have a growing role in discussions at both the state and federal level.
If we don’t show the progress the INRS can provide, then we can expect to see regulations on multiple levels. Let’s do what we can to ensure positive results and minimal regulations. If you have questions on how to include INRS practices within your operation, please give your agronomist a call. We want to serve as a team player with you regarding this ever-changing topic.

What’s Next for the DMWW Lawsuit