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  • Small Business Owners Support EPA Water Rule
    July 24 2014
    The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to regulate…
  • Big Victory for Iowa and Clean Water
    July 11 2014
    The Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Iowa…
  • Restore the Clean Water Act: Take Action to Prevent Water Pollution, Reduce Flooding and Protect Habitat
    July 2 2014
    Which waters are most worth protecting? The answer is fundamental…
  • Howard Learner Earth Day Op-Ed in Register - Clean Up Iowa's Lakes and Rivers
    April 22 2014
    On this Earth Day, let’s celebrate how Iowa is becoming a…
  • The Register's Editorial: New regulations needed to deal with nation's water
    February 6 2014
    Iowa has filthy water. This state ranks among the worst in the…
  • Lakes Are A Fundamental Part of the Iowa Experience
    February 1 2014
    Guest Opinion: Protecting lakes protects economy   …

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The Gazette: Seeking practical solutions to persistent problems
Posted Nov 25, 2015

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett’s Engage Iowa “think tank,” has yielded its first public policy proposal, a plan that links concerns about Iowa’s tax climate with worries about impaired waterways. We think his proposal is a good start to an important search for practical solutions to issues of taxes and water quality in Iowa. The mayor unveiled his ideas at a Cedar Rapids Rotary Club meeting. He proposes raising the state sales tax by a penny, with three-eighths of... Read More »
The Des Moines Register: Column: Lawsuit can detract from water goals
Posted Nov 25, 2015

Water quality represents an important issue for Iowa as a whole, something that both rural and urban citizens must collaboratively approach. Most are aware that Des Moines Water Works has sued three northwest Iowa drainage districts, placing blame squarely on upstream agriculture for nitrate in major Iowa waterways. A lawsuit, however, is not the solution Des Moines needs and will do nothing to improve water quality. The Des Moines metro area has a unique opportunity to come together... Read More »
Quad-City Times: Agriculture report says nitrate levels high in Iowa river
Posted Nov 20, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A report from Agriculture's Clean Water Alliance says half of the 45 monitoring sites on the Raccoon River in central Iowa are showing the highest average nitrate levels in 10 years of data collection. The Des Moines Register reports the data on the river, which is a source of drinking water for 500,000 central Iowa residents, was included in the agribusiness group's Thursday report. The group's executive director Roger Wolf says significant amounts of rain this... Read More »

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