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Iowa conservation committee rejects mandatory buffer strip measures


Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa’s Soil Conservation & Water Committee on Thursday rejected resolutions calling for mandatory conservation measures — a proposal supported earlier this year by hundreds of county conservation district commissioners. One of the resolutions would have encouraged state lawmakers to ban planting crops within 30 feet of streams, thereby creating buffer strips to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Committee members primarily objected to state mandates, saying the proposals may have admirable goals but would be difficult to implement.

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