About Us

Iowa’s legacy depends on clean water, productive agricultural soils and thriving wildlife habitat so all Iowans can enjoy the splendor of our state.

The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, created by an overwhelming majority of Iowa voters in 2010, is a permanent and constitutionally protected funding source to ensure these natural spaces are preserved for generations to come.

Now is the time to fund the Trust. It’s our responsibility. It’s our time. It’s our legacy.


Iowa’s Water and Land legacy is bringing Iowans together in support of immediate, permanent, reliable, substantial funding aimed at improving our water quality, protecting our soil, enhancing our wildlife habitat and increasing outdoor recreation opportunities throughout Iowa.



In 2010, 63% of Iowans voted for a constitutional amendment to create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, a permanent and protected funding source dedicated to clean water, productive agricultural soils and thriving wildlife habitat. Eight years later, the Trust Fund sits empty because it requires a state sales tax increase of 3/8ths of a cent for funding. Since 2010, support for funding the Trust has only grown. Recent polling shows that 69% of Iowa voters now support raising the state sales tax 3/8ths of a cent to fund the Trust.

Given our enormous challenges related to water quality and the clear benefits tied to soil conservation and improving our wildlife habitat, Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy supports raising the sales tax to fund the Trust and maintaining the formula supported by an overwhelming majority of Iowa voters.

We are represented by a broad-based coalition ranging from conservationists and sportspersons to farmers and business leaders who all believe cleaning our water, protecting our soil and enhancing our habitat will strengthen our economy, communities and improve our quality of life.

We urge Iowa’s political leaders to include a sales tax increase of at least 3/8ths of a cent in any legislative solution aimed at addressing water quality and conservation moving forward.

Our Supporters

Ann and Marlyn Jorgensen, Garrison

Bill Knapp

Bill Knapp II

Bill Van Orsdel, Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame

Bob Riley

Bob Scott – Mayor, Sioux City

Carole Reichardt, Clive

Christopher Lindell, Marion

Dan Cosgrove, Johnston

Dan Wells, Le Mars

Doug & Cathy Palmer, Sioux City

Ed Malloy – Mayor, Fairfield

Frank Cownie – Mayor, Des Moines

Gerry Neugent - CEO, Knapp Properties

Interfaith Green Coalition

Iowa State Alliance of the YMCA

Jan Lovell, Clear Lake

Jim Erb – Mayor, Charles City

John Lundell – Mayor, Coralville

John Ruan III

Jon Kruse – Mayor, Storm Lake

Joni Axel, Muscatine

Lola Lopes and Greg Oden, Iowa City

Lyle Asell, Chariton

Martha and Mike Myszewski, Des Moines

Marty Palmer, Sioux City

Matt Walsh -- Mayor, Council Bluffs

Med and John Bickel, Cedar Rapids

Miechelle and Larry Webber, Iowa City

Nancy and Lee Schoenewe, Arnolds Park

Nelson Crabb -- Mayor, Clear Lake

Nick Van Patten, Des Moines

Pete Brownell, Brownells

Peter and Lisa Schulte Moore, Ames

Richard and Jane Hein, Des Moines

Richard Stanley, Muscatine

Rick Tollakson

Roger Underwood - Ames

Ron Corbett – Mayor, Cedar Rapids

Steve Shriver, Owner of Brewhemia, EcoLips

Steve Sukup - Sheffield

Susan and John Aschenbrenner, Urbandale

Susan Enzle and Nathan E (Gene) Savin, Iowa City

Tom and Kathleen Aller, Cedar Rapids

Tom Lovell, Clear Lake

Tom Rosburg, Des Moines

Travis Young, Waterloo

Walter and Barbara Mendenhall, Okoboji

Waterfowl Association of Iowa, Inc.

American Planning Association, Iowa Chapter

Iowa State Association of County Supervisors

Iowa Travel Federation

Joe Crookham

Nestle Purina

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