Newton Daily News: New Iowa clean water rule goes into effectPosted Oct 27, 2014
DES MOINES — A new Iowa clean water rule designed to increase inspections of livestock farms and provide stricter enforcement when manure spills pollute waterways is now in effect, after more than a year of hearings and deliberations by government agencies.
The new rule, supported by farm groups, took effect Wednesday. It establishes new inspection and permit processes for livestock farms but does not impose mandatory permits for farms that repeatedly spill manure, a measure... Read More »
KTIV: Fight to fund water conservation in the Iowa Great LakesPosted Oct 22, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV/KUOO) -People in the Iowa Great Lakes are fighting for a fund to help water conservation in the state.
Hesitation by politicians to raise Iowa's sales tax is leaving a fund intended to boost funding for conservation and water quality projects in limbo.
Iowa's Water and Land Legacy fund was approved by voters in 2010.It's supposed to be funded from the first three-eighths of one percent in any increase in the state's sales tax.Mike Shannon, a regional biologist for... Read More »
Fall is Perfect Time to Paddle on Iowa's Water TrailsPosted Sep 22, 2014
Iowa gets notice for bike trails, but the state now has 916 miles of designated water trails with an additional 950 miles under consideration.
This is no minor luxury. Over the past nine years, the state's Department of Natural Resources has constructed river access ramps and erected signs, created maps and brochures with mileage and information on hazards and history on 21 river and lake segments — with more to come in the future.
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