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Many factory farms in Iowa, spray liquid waste manure on the snow and frozen ground in the winter months instead of taking steps to responsibly store and disperse their manure. Because it can't soak in to the frozen ground, the manure, often filled with pesticides and other chemicals given to the animals, runs into the water and contaminates it.

This action and content is found via - Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement although this petition has more key officials.

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Letter to
Assistant Majority Leader The Honorable Senator William M. Heckroth
Assistant Minority Leader  The Honorable Representative Dave Deyoe
Senate President The Honorable Senator John P. (Jack) Kibbie
and 28 others
Speaker The Honorable Representative Patrick Murphy
Assistant Minority Leader The Honorable Representative Jeff Kaufmann
President Pro Tempore  The Honorable Senator Jeff Danielson
Assistant Minority Leader  The Honorable Representative Steven F. Lukan
Majority Leader  The Honorable Senator Michael E. Gronstal
The Honorable Representative Polly Bukta
Assistant Minority Leader  The Honorable Representative Matt W. Windschitl
Majority Whip The Honorable Senator Thomas G. Courtney
Majority Leader  The Honorable Representative Kevin M. McCarthy
Assistant Majority Leader  The Honorable Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
Minority Leader The Honorable Senator Paul McKinley
Assistant Minority Leader  The Honorable Senator Brad Zaun
Minority Whip  The Honorable Representative Linda L. Upmeyer
Assistant Majority Leader  The Honorable Senator Amanda Ragan
Assistant Majority Leader The Honorable Representative Elesha L. Gayman
Speaker Pro Tempore  The Honorable Representative Polly Bukta
Assistant Minority Leader  The Honorable Representative Rod A. Roberts
Assistant Majority Leader  The Honorable Senator Staci Appel
Assistant Minority Leader  The Honorable Senator Pat Ward
Assistant Majority Leader  The Honorable Senator Jack Hatch
Assistant Majority Leader The Honorable Senator William A. Dotzler, Jr.
Minority Whip  The Honorable Senator Steve Kettering
Assistant Majority Leader  Representative Dave Jacoby
Assistant Minority Leader  The Honorable Senator Nancy J. Boettger
Assistant Majority Leader  The Honorable Representative Sharon S. Steckman
Assistant Minority Leader  The Honorable Senator David Johnson
Minority Leader  The Honorable Representative Kraig Paulsen
Assistant Majority Leader  The Honorable Senator Joe Bolkcom
Research shows that Iowa has the highest concentration of factory farms in the country, and I have recently learned that, due to a loophole, many are allowed to spray manure on snow or frozen ground. This practice is contaminating Iowa's rives and streams. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources estimates that there are more than 540 rivers with poor water quality partly due to this issue. Recently a farm spraying liquid manure on a frozen field contaminated a nearby stream and killed more than 2,000 fish. There have been over 700 manure spills since 1995.

It is time to stop this practice. Farms must find responsible ways of disposing of the waste they produce. It is unconscionable to allow a few to destroy Iowa's rivers. Now that you have been elected, you must pass an executive order closing this loophole and ending this practice.

On behalf of Iowa - please ACT now!


With hope and determination,