Iowans approve referendum on conservation


Iowa conservationists went to bed at least a little happy last night (the night owls among them, at least). Largely overshadowed by the fierce gubernatorial and congressional races and a controversial judicial retention vote, was a landslide victory for conservation efforts.

Over 62 percent of Iowans voted yesterday to approve a constitutional amendment to create a fund for land and water-quality conservation.

Known as Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy Amendment, it was just the third change to the state constitution in the past 16 years.

The measure would designate three-eighths of one percent of a sales tax increase to a trust fund dedicated to conservation.  This would generate about $150 million a year.

A  Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist lauds the vote and would like to see Wisconsin adopt a similar approach.

Read more about the amendment on IowaWatch.org. Or check out the Des Moines Register for reactions.

Also, view a detailed table of election results from the New York Times.