water rights

Congress warned of a ‘real and urgent’ drought crisis throughout the West

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — A drought crisis unfolding across the West will require short-term relief and massive, long-term federal funding to help states weather the effects of climate change, state water managers and lawmakers said at a U.S. House hearing on Tuesday. Nearly 90% of the West is now experiencing drought conditions, according to the federal U.S. Drought […]

Iowa’s cities win key court battle with rural districts over water rights

BY: - May 12, 2021

Iowa’s cities have scored a pivotal victory in a long-running legal battle between urban and rural interests over the delivery of water to undeveloped areas of the state. The matter is still the subject of federal litigation, but last summer a federal judge asked the Iowa Supreme Court to address specific questions of state law […]

Sierra Club moves to block Pattison’s water export proposal

BY: - October 13, 2020

Pattison Sand Co. of Clayton has appealed the state’s triple rejection of its permit application to export Iowa water to western states by rail, and the Sierra Club has intervened to oppose the permit. The nonprofit environmental group on Tuesday noted it had filed an intervention with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, which […]

Private proposal to sell billions of gallons of Iowa water may dry up

BY: - February 5, 2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued a notice that it intends to deny a permit application to withdraw water from Iowa’s Jordan Aquifer by a company that planned to ship 2 billion gallons a year to drought-stricken western states. But the decision isn’t final and one eastern Iowa lawmaker says she wants the […]