Iowa water pollution

COMMENTARY

Water quality ruling wasn’t one of the court’s finest moments

BY: - June 23, 2021

Through the long arc of history, the Iowa Supreme Court has developed a reputation for judicial courage that often puts it ahead of many other courts when crafting groundbreaking decisions before important legal concepts become widely accepted. The issues have been meaty, and controversial, especially here in the middle of America. Iowa has been a […]

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The population problem Iowa should discuss: Livestock and its effect on water quality

BY: - May 11, 2021

Through the years, the Iowa Legislature is the place where Iowans gather to debate the biggest issues and challenges facing our state. It has been this way for 175 years. The 2021 session is days from adjournment, but there has been precious little time spent discussing one of the thorniest problems confronting this state in […]

Environmental group: Iowa needs more tests for algae toxins

BY: - May 5, 2021

A national environmental nonprofit is calling on Iowa to ramp up testing of algae toxins in lakes after a study turned up a dozen large algae blooms in areas that weren’t tested.  The Environmental Working Group analyzed state test results in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and checked news reports in an annual assessment. The verdict: […]

State senator contacted DNR about his son-in-law’s controversial cattle operation near trout stream

BY: - April 16, 2021

An Iowa state senator contacted state environmental officials on behalf of his son-in-law’s controversial plan to raise cattle near a Clayton County trout stream. Sen. Dan Zumbach, R-Ryan, contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on behalf of Supreme Beef, email records show. The company on April 5 won state approval of its plan to […]

Ag secretary: Environmentalists’ alarm on Raccoon River was ‘propaganda’

BY: - April 15, 2021

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig on Thursday labeled as “propaganda” a national environmental group’s listing of the Raccoon River as one of the nation’s most-endangered.  “That so-called report was a bit of propaganda, I think,” Naig said of the American Rivers report this week.  “It was obviously a Washington D.C.-based advocacy organization. They can go […]

Survey: Iowans willing to pay for cleaner lakes

BY: - April 6, 2021

Iowans would consider paying for cleaner water if someone had a good idea how to accomplish that, a study found. But most of Iowans surveyed weren’t familiar with the centerpiece of Iowa’s cleanup effort, the voluntary and widely criticized Nutrient Reduction Strategy. And farmers who were asked about water quality issues tended to say the […]