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LWV UMRR Advocacy Update – and how you can get involved in comments to the proposed Clean Water Rule
The dual mission of League of Women Voters – to educate voters and advocate on issues – is exemplified in the work of the LWV Upper Mississippi River Region. We provide information on a variety of topics in this blog, through our newsletter, and in the educational meetings we co-sponsor with local Leagues. And we advocate, through taking and advocating for positions on key issues. This post provides an update on work we are doing in three areas; the Farm Bill, the Clean Water Rule and Foxconn.
On December 3, 2018, LWV Upper Mississippi River Region held their bi-monthly Board meeting at the Coralville Public Library, in Johnson County, Iowa. The educational event after the Board meeting featured speakers from the Woman, Food and Agriculture Network, and the Izaak Walton League. These organizations, along with the LWV Upper Mississippi River Region, are reaching out to absentee landowners – people who rent farmland for others to farm.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette has dedicated resources to reporting on the progress of the twelve states that have agreed to work toward a 45% reduction in the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus discharged to the Mississippi, with a goal of reducing the ‘dead zone’ in the gulf.
FOR A LIMITED ONLY, INDIVIDUALS MAKING DONATIONS AT LEAST $30 WILL BE SENT A HAND-DYED 100% SILK “LWV WATER SCARF” AS A THANK YOU! These scarves are colored like water, in vibrant blues, greens and purples, see slide show below. If you have a color preference, please email us at email@example.com with that information.
This event was a great success – thanks to the excellent speakers who enlightened us and the attendees whose passion for water fueled significant discussions! We are working now on a report that will document what we learned, watch this site for more information on that as it develops. Here are links to videos of our speakers.