Rathbun Land and Water Alliance to be featured in an upcoming segment of The Iowa Minute
Laurie Groves Johns, Public Relations Manager for the Iowa Farm Bureau was in the Rathbun Lake area to obtain footage for an upcoming segment for the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Iowa Minute. Johns says she hopes this segment of the Iowa Minute shows the good conservation work Iowa farmers are doing, the voluntary cooperative efforts that are working, that are making measurable progress.
“It’s my job as Iowa Minute producer, anchor and writer, to find positive role-model examples across the state that show the positive work being done by farmers and I believe this project shows that. Progress doesn’t happen overnight, but relationships built on trust and cooperation will last a lifetime. Conservation is a perpetual need in this state,” says Johns.
Marty Braster, RRWA Environmental Management Specialist, says for the past 20 years, the Rathbun Land and Water Alliance, of which RRWA is a member, has built a partnership with farmers in the watershed above Rathbun Lake and with public agencies and private organizations at the local, state, and national levels. “This partnership has protected water quality in Rathbun Lake by significantly reducing the amounts of sediment and phosphorus that enter the lake from land in the watershed,” says Braster.
RRWA CEO, John Glenn, says RRWA’s customers benefit directly from this partnership that protects Rathbun Lake. “We believe it is essential that the water utility provide leadership and resources to support efforts to protect Rathbun Lake because it is the only source of water available for our two water treatment plants that serves our member-customers.