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  • Small Business Owners Support EPA Water Rule
    July 24 2014
    The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to regulate…
  • Big Victory for Iowa and Clean Water
    July 11 2014
    The Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Iowa…
  • Restore the Clean Water Act: Take Action to Prevent Water Pollution, Reduce Flooding and Protect Habitat
    July 2 2014
    Which waters are most worth protecting? The answer is fundamental…
  • Howard Learner Earth Day Op-Ed in Register - Clean Up Iowa's Lakes and Rivers
    April 22 2014
    On this Earth Day, let’s celebrate how Iowa is becoming a…
  • The Register's Editorial: New regulations needed to deal with nation's water
    February 6 2014
    Iowa has filthy water. This state ranks among the worst in the…
  • Lakes Are A Fundamental Part of the Iowa Experience
    February 1 2014
    Guest Opinion: Protecting lakes protects economy   …

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Plan to Improve Iowa Water Quality Moves to Senate
Posted Apr 11, 2016

Private donors have paid $934,000 of the nearly $1.1 million legal tab racked up by three northern Iowa counties being sued by Des Moines Water Works over high nitrate levels — but county officials won't identify all of them. Lawyers for Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun counties, responding to records requests from The Des Moines Register, released heavily redacted checks, billing statements and other documents to keep private the names of those who have paid... Read More »
Forbes: Iowa must clean up $5 billion water pollution problem
Posted Apr 07, 2016

Iowa House and Senate leaders have agreed on targets for the state budget. The $7.349 billion spending plan is about a 2.4 percent increase over last year’s budget. The agreement means adjournment is two to three weeks away. But work left undone includes doing something about cleaning up our water supply. Iowans are absolutely demanding it, and the legislature must act. A plan in the works diverts existing tax dollars to water quality programs, putting around $478 million dollars toward... Read More »
Business Record Daily: ELPC wins Iowa court case to better protect state waterways
Posted Mar 28, 2016

By Perry Beeman, Business Record A district court decision that overturned a sewage permit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources had issued to the city of Clarion reopens a long and heated fight over the protection of Iowa’s waterways. The result, theoretically, could mean more expensive sewage projects at factories and at municipal sewage plants, although the exact ramifications aren’t clear yet. District Judge Michael Huppert ruled that the DNR failed to properly consider... Read More »

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