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Rosie Partridge
April 23, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Counties across Iowa are taking a stand on factory farms. More and more boards of supervisors are calling for a factory farm moratorium.

Why? One reason is because the Master Matrix - a scoring system included in factory farm applications - is a lifetime of failure. Legislators created it 15 years ago to give communities mor protections from factory farm pollution - but that hasn't happened. Today, Iowa has more polluted water and more factory farms that ever. The Master Matrix is so lax, applicators only need 440 out of 880 points to pass and it's not local control. Approval is up to the DNR. People are fed up.

Let's strengthen the Master Matrix. It won't solve our water crisis, but it could be a big step in the right direction.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is "on tour" to hear from everyday people about what they'd like changed in the Master Matrix. We're using this information to pressure DNR to overhaul the current system. Our group in Lohrville came up with a long list of items to address, but surely there are more. Go to CCI's website (www.iowacci.org) to find a meeting near you to provide input. Your voice needs to be heard!

Rosie Partridge, Iowa CCI member

Wall Lake, Iowa

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