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  • Take Action: Protect Clean Water in Iowa
    June 7 2016
    ELPC and our allies at the Iowa Environmental Council recently…
  • 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…

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DMR: Iowa is losing millions of trees — and it's hurting water quality, experts say
Posted Jul 18, 2016

Iowa's thirst for new farmland helped drive the loss of 97,000 acres of woodlands in just five years, a new federal report shows. It's the first time in nearly 40 years that the state has seen a net loss of forested land, a disturbing development that experts fear is contributing to Iowa's problems with farm runoff and poor water quality. Record-high prices for corn and soybeans in 2012 fueled much of Iowa's woodland losses, as farmers put more land into production to reap... Read More »
DMR: Is your perfect lawn hurting Iowa's water quality?
Posted Jul 15, 2016

Debate over the causes of Iowa’s water quality problem typically centers on agriculture. But some observers have questioned whether city dwellers share responsibility for one item of particular pride. The perfect lawn. A carpet of turf grass free of weeds often requires nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers — the same chemicals that Des Moines Water Works says are leaching from farmers’ fields and into Iowa waterways, prompting the utility to sue three rural... Read More »
The Gazette: Iowa panel weighs changes to clean-water rules
Posted Jul 04, 2016

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’s Environmental Protection Commission is considering proposed changes to rules that govern anti-degradation standards included in the state’s clean-water regulations. Groups representing municipal governments and industries, who proposed the changes, say those changes are needed to clarify the state’s anti-degradation rules after a court ruling in March created uncertainty. Environmental groups say the changes would undermine a recent... Read More »

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