Groups sue Iowa, claim farm fertilizer runoff hurting Raccoon River, Des Moines drinking water
“Our lawsuit is holding the state to a higher standard — for us, for our kids and our grandkids,” he said.
Kirk Leeds, CEO of the Iowa Soybean Association, said his group is disappointed "another potentially divisive lawsuit is being filed by those opposed to agriculture in Iowa."
"Lawsuits do absolutely nothing to improve water quality in this state," Leeds said Wednesday. "All it does is divide rural and urban and causes everyone to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyer fees."
"It's a diversion from the work we have in front of us" to improve water quality, he said.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig, who is named in the suit, said he, too, is disappointed with the lawsuit but will encourage farmers to remain focused on the state's efforts to cut nutrient loss.
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