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  • 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…
  • Lakes Are A Fundamental Part of the Iowa Experience
    February 1 2014
    Guest Opinion: Protecting lakes protects economy   …

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WCF Courier: Opinion: Farm quality plans could end Iowa water war
Posted Jul 26, 2015

As summer heats up, so too will agriculture’s ongoing water quality problems. On July 10, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Lake Erie’s algal bloom will be “more severe in 2015” due to “historic rains in June.” On a scale of 1 to 10, forecasts NOAA, this year’s bloom will be 8.7, far higher than 2014’s mark of 6.5 “when Toledo suffered its drinking water problem.” The problems don’t stop in... Read More »
Daily Sentinel: Water quality: farmers, landowners step up with new practices
Posted Jul 22, 2015

A field day Tuesday focused on how farmers and landowners can continue to improve water quality in the area and the state. The event, held east of Maurice at the Maassen Dairy Farm, focused on the West Branch of the Floyd River which flows through Plymouth and Sioux counties. The field day was put together by a cooperative group of organizations and companies, with the help of several farmers, to discuss practices to improve water quality statewide. Sessions included information on nitrogen... Read More »
The Des Moines Register: High nitrate levels plague 60 Iowa cities, data show
Posted Jul 07, 2015

More than 60 Iowa cities and towns have battled high nitrate levels in their drinking water over the past five years, evidence of a contamination problem that reaches across the state, state environmental data show. Nitrate pollution affects Iowa's largest cities — Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls and Waterloo — but also many of its smallest — Elliott, Griswold, Manchester and Woodbine. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources data provide a snapshot of the cities... Read More »

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