The DesMoines register is reporting that, during a visit to Iowa with Ag Secretary Vilsack, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told group of farmers that the EPA had no intent to impose regulations on farm runoff. She is quoted as saying that as long as voluntary efforts are working there is no need for regulation, such as those imposed on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
This of course flies in the face of the new report from the Environmental Working Group on runoff from Iowa farms and the increasing problems in the Gulf of Mexico caused by runoff. The report quotes the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, a republican, as saying that cuts in federal conservation programs will make it difficult to make the conservation measures needed to reduce farm runoff.
This makes it vital that we continue to contact our legislators and the EPA about farm runoff, as well as other sources including our yards and streets, and urge them to not accept this lack of action.