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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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The Des Moines Register: We need public discussion of Iowa's water problems
Posted Aug 26, 2015

The political organization founded and primarily funded by the Iowa Farm Bureau is making good on its promise to hold a discussion on Iowa’s nitrate polluted water. On Aug. 26, the Iowa Partnership for Clean Water will take a break from running television ads opposing the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit to host a discussion titled, “Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Rural/Urban Collaboration: Making a Meaningful Impact on Water Quality.” The group may deserve... Read More »
The Washington Times: EPA sees Clean Water Act violations at Iowa fertilizer plant
Posted Aug 24, 2015

WEVER, Iowa (AP) - Two companies building a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in southeastern Iowa will pay an $80,000 civil penalty for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act during construction. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with Iowa Fertilizer Company and Orascom E &C; USA related to their work on the plant near Wever. Continue Reading
Daily Globe: Iowa, S.D. soybean growers find common ground: Water issues, cover crops create link between neighbors
Posted Aug 24, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. — South Dakota and Iowa have always been good neighbors. Now, their soybean advocates are continuing the same tradition. Centering on water quality issues, the South Dakota Soybean Association hosted a forum Wednesday at Dakotafest in Mitchell, featuring an environmental expert from its Iowa counterpart, which provided insight into issues in the Hawkeye State. That’s where a lawsuit from a large water provider against drainage districts has made big news and has put... Read More »
Climate Progress: Iowa Governor: Des Moines Water Utility Should ‘Tone Down’ Criticism of Agricultural Pollution
Posted Jul 31, 2015

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad told reporters Tuesday that Des Moines Water Works — a private utility that provides water to some 500,000 residents in the Des Moines area — should “just tone it down” when it comes to monitoring water pollution from agriculture. “The Des Moines Water Works ought to just tone it down and start cooperating and working with others, like Cedar Rapids is doing, and other communities in the state of Iowa,” Branstad... Read More »
WCF Courier: Opinion: Farm quality plans could end Iowa water war
Posted Jul 26, 2015

As summer heats up, so too will agriculture’s ongoing water quality problems. On July 10, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Lake Erie’s algal bloom will be “more severe in 2015” due to “historic rains in June.” On a scale of 1 to 10, forecasts NOAA, this year’s bloom will be 8.7, far higher than 2014’s mark of 6.5 “when Toledo suffered its drinking water problem.” The problems don’t stop in... Read More »
Daily Sentinel: Water quality: farmers, landowners step up with new practices
Posted Jul 22, 2015

A field day Tuesday focused on how farmers and landowners can continue to improve water quality in the area and the state. The event, held east of Maurice at the Maassen Dairy Farm, focused on the West Branch of the Floyd River which flows through Plymouth and Sioux counties. The field day was put together by a cooperative group of organizations and companies, with the help of several farmers, to discuss practices to improve water quality statewide. Sessions included information on nitrogen... Read More »

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