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Many issues were discussed in the gubernatorial debate last Wednesday night, but one got short shrift: Iowa’s clean water crisis.

Iowans across party lines want clean water and air. But pollution from corporate factory farms is making that impossible, as millions of gallons of untreated waste ends up in our waterways.

Fortunately, more and more Iowans are taking a stand. One in five Iowa counties have passed a resolution or sent a letter to the state in support of stronger permitting standards, local control, and/or a moratorium on factory farms.

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CCI Action statement on Kim Reynolds

To see how she will govern, just follow the money… With the announcement of Governor Terry Branstad’s appointment as ambassador to China, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will be taking his place. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Board President and CCI Action member Cherie Mortice released the following statement: “We don’t need to wonder how Kim Reynolds will govern as Iowa’s incoming governor. All we need to do is follow the money.” “We know she’s a pawn of business-as-usual corporate ag, since she and Branstad have taken campaign contributions of $248,298 from corporate ag kingpin Bruce Rastetter, $261,750 from meatpacking tycoon Eldon Roth, and over $88,000 from the Iowa Farm Bureau. “We know where she stands on the Dakota Access Pipeline, since she took $2,500 from Energy Transfer Partners, and $31,000 from Wells Fargo, which is helping fund the pipeline. “Big money is polluting Iowa politics and Kim Reynolds exemplifies that problem. All told, over...

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Branstad’s toxic blue-green algae problem

As blue green algae blooms spread across the country and Iowa’s public beaches close, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund members are asking what Governor Terry Branstad and his political appointees at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Commissions are doing to solve Iowa’s water quality crisis.

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Ernst and Branstad: The #DirtyWaterDuo

Ernst and Branstad:  The Dirty Water Duo    While Branstad vetoes REAP funding and packs environmental boards with industry insiders and big money donors, Ernst advocates abolishing the EPA and the Clean Water Act   Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund members have labeled Governor Terry Branstad and GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Joni Ernst “the Dirty Water Duo” and say everyday Iowans need to know that the GOP’s premier statewide candidates – who campaigned together across Iowa last week – both vigorously oppose stronger and more effective oversight of the corporate ag polluters who are destroying Iowa’s water quality. “Iowans need to know that Terry Branstad and Joni Ernst are a dirty water duo who care more about factory farm profits than they do about clean water for all Iowans to drink, fish, and swim in,” said Barb Kalbach, a fourth-generation family farmer from Dexter and the board president of the Iowa CCI Action Fund. Despite...

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Corporate Ag Sneak Attack on Ag Budget Bill Seeks to Shield Aggregate Water Quality Practices From Public Oversight

Iowa House GOP leadership, including Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget subcommittee co-chair, Representative Jack Drake (R-Griswold), has snuck language into a budget bill that would prevent the public from accessing information about water quality and land-use practices collected by projects funded with taxpayer dollars, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members announced March 27.

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