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  • 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   …
  • Iowa Commission Says No to New Water Quality Standards for Lakes
    October 14 2013
    The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission Monday declined to…

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Iowa Public Radio: Water Quality Has Not Improved in Iowa
Posted Jul 22, 2014

Iowa’s water quality hadn’t nudged much since the 1980s. That’s according to Iowa Geological Survey research scientist Keith Schilling. “If we want to see improvement, we’re going to have to make changes on a large scale. If you take a watershed like the Cedar River, for example, that’s 6500 square miles. There are a lot of farmers in that watershed. What percentage of those need to do something to make a difference?” Keep Reading
WNAX: Report Critical of Iowa Water Quality
Posted Jul 21, 2014

A report from the Iowa Policy Project (IPP) is critical of the state’s current strategies to fight water pollution. I-P-P founder David Osterberg says the 2013 Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) relies heavily on voluntary conservation practices and does not require water quality monitoring to determine if nutrient pollution is actually being reduced.  Keep Reading
Iowa View: Water improvements are occurring in Iowa
Posted Jul 09, 2014

When I was a kid, it was fun to take a break from farm chores and go to Lake View, where my brother and I swam in Black Hawk Lake before my family enjoyed a picnic lunch. It wasn't so much fun, however, as the lake's water quality deteriorated. Notices were issued periodically that Black Hawk Lake was unfit for swimming. All this is changing, however, as farmers and town residents work together through the Black Hawk Lake Watershed Project. I'm thrilled to see this, not only as someone who... Read More »

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