DMR: Iowa is losing millions of trees — and it's hurting water quality, experts sayPosted Jul 18, 2016
Iowa's thirst for new farmland helped drive the loss of 97,000 acres of woodlands in just five years, a new federal report shows.
It's the first time in nearly 40 years that the state has seen a net loss of forested land, a disturbing development that experts fear is contributing to Iowa's problems with farm runoff and poor water quality.
Record-high prices for corn and soybeans in 2012 fueled much of Iowa's woodland losses, as farmers put more land into production to reap... Read More »
DMR: Is your perfect lawn hurting Iowa's water quality?Posted Jul 15, 2016
Debate over the causes of Iowa’s water quality problem typically centers on agriculture. But some observers have questioned whether city dwellers share responsibility for one item of particular pride.
The perfect lawn.
A carpet of turf grass free of weeds often requires nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers — the same chemicals that Des Moines Water Works says are leaching from farmers’ fields and into Iowa waterways, prompting the utility to sue three rural... Read More »
The Gazette: Iowa panel weighs changes to clean-water rulesPosted Jul 04, 2016
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’s Environmental Protection Commission is considering proposed changes to rules that govern anti-degradation standards included in the state’s clean-water regulations.
Groups representing municipal governments and industries, who proposed the changes, say those changes are needed to clarify the state’s anti-degradation rules after a court ruling in March created uncertainty.
Environmental groups say the changes would undermine a recent... Read More »
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