UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication
A University of Iowa faculty member is conducting a content analysis of how water quality issues are being covered by the media in Iowa.
The findings indicate water utility issues and recreational water uses are the top stories, with little media coverage on research and ways to preserve our water resources.
Dalrymple hopes her communication research leads to policy discussions in the future, starting a conversation about water issues with legislatures, land management communities, farmers, and the general public.
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Iowa American Water announced today that the application process is now open for its 2014 Environmental Grant Program to support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds and community drinking water supplies.
To learn more, head over to the
Iowa American Water website.
Assistant Professor of Water Sustainability.
A University of Iowa faculty member is studying how different contaminants get in to and persist in surface water.
David Cwiertny from the UI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering examines how pollutants in water break down in sunlight or stick to organic matter.
His research team is trying to develop new and innovative approaches for water treatment systems with hopes of finding sustainable methods of water re-use.
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On the Radio segment covers a report released by the Iowa Policy Project concerning silica sand mining in Iowa. Listen to the audio below or continue reading for the transcript.
Posted in Energy, Land, News, On the Radio, Politics
Tagged economy, fracking, Hydraulic fracturing, Iowa, Iowa Policy Project, local governments, Minnesota, report, silica sand mining, state governments, tourism, Wisconsin
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The city of Muscatine, Iowa is using coal ash on its streets to conserve salt this winter, a development that has some people concerned about pollution.
Posted in Energy, Land, News
Tagged coal ash, Iowa, Muscatine, pollution, road conditions, salt, snow, weather, winter
The Iowa River in Iowa City, Iowa.
The National Weather Service issued its first flood potential outlook of the year last week.
Below are locations along the Iowa River and the probability that flooding will occur between now and May 26:
Iowa City: Minor flooding, less than 5 percent; moderate flooding, less than 5 percent; major flooding, less than 5 percent
Lone Tree: Minor flooding, 18 percent; moderate flooding, 12 percent; major flooding, less than 5 percent
Marengo: Minor flooding, 58 percent; moderate flooding, 35 percent; major flooding, less than 5 percent
However, experts are closely watching the frost depth of the ground as spring rains near.
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Posted in Flooding, Floods, Land
Tagged flood, flood prediction, flooding, Iowa, Iowa River, National Weather Service, NWS, rains, spring
Ted Genoways goes into an in-depth analysis concerning the issues of farm runoff polluting Iowa’s drinking water.
“Millions of pigs are crammed into overcrowded barns all across the state, being fattened for slaughter while breeding superbugs—all to feed China’s growing appetite for Spam”
Follow this link to read the full story via On Earth.
Posted in Floods, Land, News, Water quality
Tagged des moines river, drinking water, Farm runoff, Farm Sanctuary, heath, Iowa, Large farming operations, livestock, nitrates, On Earth, pigs, Raccoon river, water pollution, water quality