The Gazette: Seeking practical solutions to persistent problemsPosted Nov 25, 2015
Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett’s Engage Iowa “think tank,” has yielded its first public policy proposal, a plan that links concerns about Iowa’s tax climate with worries about impaired waterways.
We think his proposal is a good start to an important search for practical solutions to issues of taxes and water quality in Iowa.
The mayor unveiled his ideas at a Cedar Rapids Rotary Club meeting. He proposes raising the state sales tax by a penny, with three-eighths of... Read More »
The Des Moines Register: Column: Lawsuit can detract from water goalsPosted Nov 25, 2015
Water quality represents an important issue for Iowa as a whole, something that both rural and urban citizens must collaboratively approach. Most are aware that Des Moines Water Works has sued three northwest Iowa drainage districts, placing blame squarely on upstream agriculture for nitrate in major Iowa waterways. A lawsuit, however, is not the solution Des Moines needs and will do nothing to improve water quality.
The Des Moines metro area has a unique opportunity to come together... Read More »
Quad-City Times: Agriculture report says nitrate levels high in Iowa riverPosted Nov 20, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A report from Agriculture's Clean Water Alliance says half of the 45 monitoring sites on the Raccoon River in central Iowa are showing the highest average nitrate levels in 10 years of data collection.
The Des Moines Register reports the data on the river, which is a source of drinking water for 500,000 central Iowa residents, was included in the agribusiness group's Thursday report.
The group's executive director Roger Wolf says significant amounts of rain this... Read More »
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