Plan to Improve Iowa Water Quality Moves to SenatePosted Apr 11, 2016
Private donors have paid $934,000 of the nearly $1.1 million legal tab racked up by three northern Iowa counties being sued by Des Moines Water Works over high nitrate levels — but county officials won't identify all of them.
Lawyers for Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun counties, responding to records requests from The Des Moines Register, released heavily redacted checks, billing statements and other documents to keep private the names of those who have paid... Read More »
Forbes: Iowa must clean up $5 billion water pollution problemPosted Apr 07, 2016
Iowa House and Senate leaders have agreed on targets for the state budget. The $7.349 billion spending plan is about a 2.4 percent increase over last year’s budget. The agreement means adjournment is two to three weeks away.
But work left undone includes doing something about cleaning up our water supply. Iowans are absolutely demanding it, and the legislature must act.
A plan in the works diverts existing tax dollars to water quality programs, putting around $478 million dollars toward... Read More »
Business Record Daily: ELPC wins Iowa court case to better protect state waterwaysPosted Mar 28, 2016
By Perry Beeman, Business Record
A district court decision that overturned a sewage permit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources had issued to the city of Clarion reopens a long and heated fight over the protection of Iowa’s waterways.
The result, theoretically, could mean more expensive sewage projects at factories and at municipal sewage plants, although the exact ramifications aren’t clear yet.
District Judge Michael Huppert ruled that the DNR failed to properly consider... Read More »
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