Sioux City looks to keep up with evolving water treatment rulesPosted Jan 14, 2014
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Sioux City is looking to get ahead of new state wastewater treatment regulations — the latest in ever-changing environmental rules that have cities struggling to keep up.
Sioux City is among several Iowa municipalities studying how to add phosphorus and nitrogen removal to their wastewater treatment plants before the guidelines become mandatory. Any changes in Sioux City would come after $73 million was spent updating the plant to meet state guidelines in... Read More »
Water-quality program not optional: Farm Bureau presidentPosted Dec 23, 2013
DES MOINES — Iowa’s new water-quality program may be voluntary, but it is not optional, said Craig Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation president.
Hill, speaking at this past week’s Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting, told members they need to be actively working to improve the environment.
To do otherwise would be irresponsible, he said. It also would invite action by the federal government to use more regulations in its effort to improve water quality.
Manure spill response heightens debate over issue of water permits for hog farmsPosted Dec 23, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa — A hog farm in southeast Iowa run by a Carlyle, Illinois, corporation has become a battleground between environmental groups, state officials responsible for protecting the environment and modern farming operations that consolidate thousands of animals in confinement buildings.
Environmental and community activist groups including Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, the Environmental Integrity Project, and the Humane Society of the United States have been... Read More »
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