The Gazette: Eastern Iowa ready to fight the next flood?Posted Jun 12, 2013
People and property along the Cedar and Iowa rivers are nearly as vulnerable to a big flood now as they were in June of 2008, experts say.
“We have hardened and flood-proofed a lot of buildings in the flood plain, but given rainfall like we had in the spring of 2008, the water is still going to rise to the same level,” said Larry Weber, director of IIHR — Hydroscience & Engineering, the parent organization of the Iowa Flood Center.
Weber said the Iowa Flood Center, a... Read More »
Iowa Environmental Council: With heavy spring rain, Iowa’s need for conservation preparedness becomes evidentPosted Jun 07, 2013
This has been yet another extraordinary spring for Iowa. After a record drought in 2012, spring 2013 is the wettest ever in 141 years of state records. According to National Weather Service estimates over the last sixty days, some portions of eastern Iowa have received between 200 and 300% of normal rainfall. As a result, river levels around the state are on the rise, especially in eastern Iowa, where fears of a repeat of the record 2008 floods continue to loom.
AP: Iowa copes with nitrate surge in drinking waterPosted Jun 05, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For much of last year, Iowa's most pressing agricultural problem was a drought that baked farm fields and parched crops, turning them brown and crumbly. Then the skies finally opened up, providing one of the soggiest springs on record.
But the rain has created a new, unexpected problem: The deluge is washing fertilizer off the farms and into rivers that provide drinking water to much of the state. Public officials say the problem will pass, but others worry about... Read More »
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