NYT: Conflict Over Soil and Water Quality Puts ‘Iowa Nice’ to a TestPosted Apr 18, 2015
MANSON, Iowa — The flat, endless acres of black dirt here in northern Iowa will soon be filled with corn and soybean seeds. But as farmers tuned up their tractors and waited for the perfect moment to plant, another topic weighed on their minds: a lawsuit filed in federal court by the state’s largest water utility.
After years of mounting frustration, the utility, Des Moines Water Works, sued the leaders of three rural Iowa counties last month. Too little has been done, the... Read More »
Iowa Public Radio: Des Moines Water Works Turns Nitrate Removal System Back OnPosted Apr 17, 2015
The state’s largest water utility is restarting its nitrate removal equipment because levels of the pollutant are spiking in the rivers Des Moines uses for drinking water.
The Des Moines Water Works recently sued three northwest Iowa counties (Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun counties) saying water from agricultural drainage districts contributes to the high level of nitrates.
“We have great confidence in the (court) system and those who are part of that system," says... Read More »
Des Moines Register: The real story on nitrate levels in Iowa's riversPosted Apr 13, 2015
Nitrate levels in Iowa's major rivers have increased more than threefold since the 1950s, but have stabilized — and even slightly declined — in recent decades, according to an in-depth review of available research.
The increased levels directly correspond with Iowa's rise as an agriculture powerhouse. As production soared in the '60s, '70s and '80s, so did nitrates — climbing from an average of around 2 milligrams per liter from 1906-1954 to more than 7 milligrams per liter... Read More »
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