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Jared Strong

Jared Strong

Senior reporter Jared Strong has written about Iowans and the important issues that affect them for more than 15 years, previously for the Carroll Times Herald and the Des Moines Register. His investigative work exposing police misconduct has notched several state and national awards. He is a longtime trustee of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which fights for open records and open government. He is a lifelong Iowan and has lived mostly in rural western parts of the state.

Community meetings set for new carbon pipeline

By: - October 29, 2021

A proposed pipeline that would move captured carbon dioxide from Iowa ethanol and fertilizer plants to Illinois — where it would be stowed underground — is set for discussion at a series of community meetings starting in November. The Heartland Greenway System, proposed by Texas-based Navigator CO2 Ventures, would stretch about 885 total miles in […]

Pork attorney: Livestock confinements are not a public health hazard

By: - October 29, 2021

There is no evidence that livestock confinements are a threat to public health or unduly pollute the air, according to an attorney for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. “If producers believed that their buildings were making anyone sick or were a health hazard, they’d be the first to say we need to do something different,” […]

Taxpayers group endorses ‘Water & Land’ referendum

By: - October 28, 2021

A bond referendum that would allow Polk County to borrow up to $65 million to enhance parks, recreational trails and water is perhaps the only viable way to pay for the projects in the coming years, according to the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa. “The decision to endorse the bond issue was not made easily […]

Report: COVID cases, deaths at packing plants were triple previous counts

By: - October 27, 2021

The numbers of meatpacking workers infected and killed by the coronavirus are much higher than previously known, a congressional review has found. More than 59,000 workers of the country’s five largest meatpackers were infected, and about 270 died, according to a report by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis that was made public […]

Groups petition for clean air enforcement for livestock confinements

By: - October 26, 2021

More than 20 environmental and animal-welfare groups in several states petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to end a 16-year-old moratorium on its enforcement of federal air pollution laws for livestock confinements. At issue is a 2005 agreement between the agency and thousands of confinement owners and operators in 42 states that temporarily […]

New study finds ‘forever chemicals’ in streams across Iowa

By: - October 25, 2021

A first-of-its-kind study of rural Iowa creeks and rivers found traces of synthetic chemicals that are toxic and persist in the environment indefinitely at sites across the state. “They’re all over the place,” said Dana Kolpin, a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey who led the study, the results of which published this month. […]

The effects of the Deere strike? Dealers are mum

By: - October 22, 2021

The ongoing strike of more than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers was expected to slow the flow of replacement parts to farmers who are busy harvesting their fields, but the true effects so far are unclear. “We are not to be talking to reporters about it,” said a woman who answered the telephone at a […]

Drinking water for 59+ cities to be tested for ‘forever chemicals’

By: - October 21, 2021

The state’s drinking water tests for toxic, human-made chemicals that persist indefinitely in the environment began this week and will include at least 59 cities in Iowa, according to a list of test sites obtained by Iowa Capital Dispatch. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources seeks to identify the pervasiveness of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances […]

Public discussion of Polk’s $65 million water and land referendum is Wednesday

By: - October 19, 2021

A Wednesday afternoon town-hall-style meeting hosted by a government spending watchdog group will focus on Polk County’s upcoming $65 million bond referendum to fund water, parks and trails projects. The Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond needs support from at least 60% of voters in the Nov. 2 referendum to pass. A similar measure […]

Farm co-op fined $6,000 for ammonia discharge

By: - October 19, 2021

A farmers’ cooperative in northeast Iowa has agreed to pay a fine of $6,000 for an illegal discharge of ammonia last year into a drainage ditch that flows into a creek that feeds the Turkey River. A fisherman noticed dead fish where the creek meets the river near Elkader on July 18, 2020, and a […]

Tests for ‘forever chemicals’ in Iowa drinking water to start soon

By: - October 18, 2021

State officials are poised to begin limited testing of municipal drinking water sources for a group of toxic chemicals that can accumulate in residents’ bodies and cause cancers and other health problems. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — more commonly known as PFAS or “forever chemicals” — are used in a variety of products for their […]

Timely rains salvaged Iowa crop yields

By: - October 15, 2021

Corn and soybean yields in drought-stricken parts of northern Iowa were saved this year by sporadic rainfall that fortuitously arrived each time crops were in desperate need. “The corn in June, you thought some of it was going to die,” said Darrell Henkenius, the chief executive of Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company in Arcadia. “We had […]