The Des Moines Register: Time to act on Iowans’ water quality concernsPosted Oct 09, 2015
Conversations about water quality are taking place across Iowa in both urban and rural communities. Between high levels of nitrates in drinking water, record-breaking beach closings this summer due to blue-green algae blooms, an uptick in the percentage of Iowa’s impaired waters and an array of other water quality problems, there’s plenty to talk about.
Unfortunately, water quality discussions among many of the state’s leaders have increasingly become less about the... Read More »
KWWL: DNR investigates grease spill in Iowa linked to fish killPosted Oct 02, 2015
OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) - Officials are investigating a grease spill in southern Iowa that's been linked to a fish kill.
The state Department of Natural Resources says Osceola Foods, a food processor in Clarke County, reported Sunday morning that a pumping station failed. As a result, grease-water mix spilled into a ditch that leads to White Breast Creek, south of Osceola. Officials believe the mixture may reach the creek.
Iowa State University: LEARN ABOUT VEGETATED FLOATING ISLANDS AS WATER-QUALITY-IMPROVEMENT TOOL AT ISU EVENT SEPT. 26Posted Sep 22, 2015
Iowa State University researchers who piloted a water-quality improvement project on the university's Lake LaVerne will share initial results in a public outreach event at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, on the lake's north shore.
Participants can learn about vegetated floating islands as a practical tool to reduce pollutants in small ponds and lakes. The research team particularly encourages farmers, developers and urban residents in housing developments with ponds to attend. Pond owners and... Read More »
Wisconsin Public Radio: Mississippi River Mayors Meet To Talk Water QualityPosted Sep 18, 2015
Mayors from up and down the Mississippi River are meeting in Dubuque, Iowa this week, with improving the river’s water quality at the top of the agenda.
Algae blooms have helped create a dead zone where the Mississippi enters the Gulf of Mexico, preventing life from thriving in that ecosystem.
Mayors that are a part of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative are talking about how to prevent those algae blooms from appearing elsewhere in the river.
"Those are a grave... Read More »
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