Push is on for Iowa to clean up its waterPosted Nov 14, 2013
EAGLE GROVE, IA. — When Tim Smith heard about nitrates that Iowa cities were struggling to remove from drinking water — or that were killing shrimp and fish in the Gulf of Mexico — he believed they were mostly coming from urban golf courses, lawns and businesses.
“I thought I was doing the best I could,” Smith said. Then he looked at tests that showed about 90 percent of the nitrogen entering his watershed was coming from farmland.
“Once I realized... Read More »
Urban Wetlands Play a Part in Improving Iowa Water QualityPosted Nov 07, 2013
Iowa homeowners and municipalities can use urban wetlands to capture nutrients that pollute state waterways and improve water quality. That’s according to a new report out Wednesday. But researchers say it would only be a small part of improving the state’s water quality.
The amount of pollution municipalities put into the state’s rivers and streams areregulated. This new report from the Iowa Policy Project documents what else cities and homeowners to reduce... Read More »
Iowa DNR & EPA Agree To Better Enforce Manure Management, Clean WaterPosted Sep 30, 2013
For the sake of the environment and clean water for everyone, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has struck up a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency.
It's something every livestock producer has to deal with: Once all their hogs and cattle are fed, their waste has to go somewhere.
It either goes back into the fields as fertilizer or away from the site altogether.
A new deal struck between the Iowa DNR and the EPA makes sure it doesn't get in your water... Read More »
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