Letter to the Editor:
On Nov. 2, a clear and overwhelming majority of Iowa voters (63%) declared their support for the values behind Iowa’s Water & Land Legacy amendment.
This resounding “YES” vote creates the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, which will provide for clean water, soil conservation and restoration of wetlands to help prevent future floods.
This new trust fund is not yet funded. But now we're certain that the first share of any future sales tax increase will support Iowa's natural resources. It is premature to talk about if or when that will occur. In the meantime, we're exploring interim funding options.
This vote made another major impact — by surprising the political pundits and candidates about the true breadth and depth of Iowans’ support for conservation.
Voter support was broad and bipartisan. The Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy coalition included over 130 organizations representing more than 300,000 members. We are a coalition of “jeans and suits, tennis shoes and waders, and camouflage and blaze orange.”
You, the voters, have shown that Iowans DO care about our land, water, soil, wildlife and special places! You've said, "This is a priority for action and funding."
Let's express those values more often! Help maintain the flame of this election victory by regularly reminding others - particularly your elected officials - that Iowans must protect our precious natural resources.
Yours in conservation,
Mark C. Ackelson