MASON CITY, Iowa – Representatives from Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy made a stop in Mason City to address some challenges with water quality.
In 2010, Iowans voted to create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund to pay for clean water and natural resource projects in surrounding communities.
Six years later, the fund remains empty.
Now an Unmet Needs Study has been created to identify projects to help with this need.
“This will bring in the public and show them that there is truly a need for this and that we need to fund it, you know, we’re hoping with that it allows them to take the time to voice their opinions to the legislators and let them know what they want, and that there’s a true value to it so it’s really a good way to inform people of what of what we need,’ says Brooks VanDerBek, Iowa Pheasants state council member.
Currently, there is over $600 million in shovel-ready Iowa projects ready to go if funding was available.