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The Gazette: Iowa craft brewers support clean water efforts

DES MOINES — When it comes to water quality, Iowa brewers are paying attention.

“Everything we do revolves around water,” explained Ken Broadhead of Confluence Brewing Company. Water is 90 to 93 percent of the base of the beers the Des Moines-based brewery produces.

“Water quality is very important to us” and the 74 other Iowa breweries, Broadhead said at Fund the Trust day at the Capitol Tuesday.

Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy sponsored a legislative day at the Capitol to build support for what is being called the WISE solution — Water, Infrastructure and Soil for our Economy. It’s in House File 597, which has been proposed by 12 members of the House Republican majority. It calls for increasing the state sales tax by one-third of a cent a year for three years to fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund that was created in 2010 with the approval of 63 percent of Iowa voters.

Also participating were Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and Pheasants Forever, and Above + Beyond, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society and the Iowa Public Health Association.

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