The Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Iowa Environmental Council are celebrating a July 11 ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court to uphold the state’s clean water anti-degradation standards, ending the Farm Bureau’s lawsuit to scuttle the rules. Iowans can now focus on the work that will achieve clean water goals.
“This is a clear win for clean water and for open and fair government,” said Environmental Law & Policy Center Senior Attorney Brad Klein. “We’re grateful that the Court rejected the Farm Bureau’s attempts to harass and intimidate the Council and Susan Heathcote. This important ruling means that we can put the Farm Bureau’s attempts to delay and distract behind us and move on to protect some of Iowa’s most important lakes, rivers and streams.”