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.”
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Daily Sentinel: Water quality: farmers, landowners step up with new practicesPosted 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 showPosted 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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