Iowa Public Radio: Dollars Flow into Water Quality Programs in Iowa, but Their Effectiveness is Still UnclearPosted May 20, 2016
Iowa Lawmakers, farmers and environmentalists continue to debate the best way to curb water quality issues, following an unsuccessful attempt to fund more projects this legislative session.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has awarded $12 million to 45 demonstration projects in the state. Many of these water quality practices were laid out in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy from Iowa State University, IDALS, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.... Read More »
IA Public Radio: Should farmers or city pay to clean the water? Iowa may decidePosted May 18, 2016
The water gushing from a big galvanized pipe in this rural patch of northwest Iowa is filled with runoff from area farms. No one here would think to drink it.
Some 200 miles downstream, however, Des Moines officials say that same potentially toxic farm drainage flows toward their city and its citizens. Des Moines filters it, but city leaders say it's become increasingly costly to keep farm field nitrate out of the urban water system and that their customers shouldn't have to pay to hold back... Read More »
Press-Citizen: Voluntary water quality program in Iowa highlights issuesPosted May 15, 2016
DES MOINES, Ia. — A voluntary state program that aims to improve water quality practices at farms around Iowa is entering its fourth year amid growing differences about the best ways to clean up the state’s waterways.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced this month the sign-up period is open for its cost-share program that allows farmers to offset the expense of implementing water quality practices that reduce farm runoff. The money for farmers,... Read More »
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