Associated Press: Boone, Iowa, water supply exceeds EPA nitrate limitPosted Jun 20, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa water supplier, which had to notify its customers that it exceeded the federal limit for nitrate last week, said it could be weeks before water is safe for babies to drink.
A water sample from Wednesday revealed a nitrate level of 10.7 milligrams per liter in the Boone city water supply. That exceeds the 10 mg/l limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency, which prompted a mandatory notification to 14,000 customers of Boone Water Works. The... Read More »
Environmental Working Group: Farm Nitrogen pollution damage estimated at $157 billion yearlyPosted Jun 09, 2015
Nitrogen from fertilizers and manures washed off farmland costs Americans $157 billion a year in damages to human health and the environment.
That is the stunning conclusion an international scientific team published Feb. 17 in the journal Environmental Research Letters. According to the study, the median cost of nitrogen pollution damages inflicted by fertilizing crops, burning fossil fuels, manufacturing industrial products and all other human-induced sources is $210 billion a year.... Read More »
Tri-State Neighbor: Iowa Legislature approves $9.6M for water quality initiative Posted Jun 08, 2015
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey highlighted what he called the Iowa Legislature’s continued commitment to partnering with farmers to make significant long-term progress in protecting Iowa’s soil and water resources.
The Legislature approved $9.6 million to support the Iowa Water Quality Initiative in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. The legislation now goes to Gov. Terry Branstad and must be signed before going into effect.
“Farmers... Read More »
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