Category Archives: Water quality

On the Radio: Water Quality Research


This week’s On the Radio segment covers water quality research being done at the University of Iowa. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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US reaches $5.15 billon environmental settlement


The federal government has recently reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades. The bulk of the … Continue reading

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Iowa Soybean Association urges review of EPA proposal


A proposed rule released this week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarifying its jurisdiction over waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act deserves a thorough review and farmer input, says the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).

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On the Radio: Water Communication Research


  This week’s On the Radio  segment covers research being done at the University of Iowa that explores how water quality issues are being covered in the media. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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Environmental Group Concerned Over Legislation


An environmental advocacy group criticized legislation advancing in the Iowa House that would make water-quality data collected in connection with a statewide clean water effort confidential. To learn more about the bill and its language, head over to the Omaha … Continue reading

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Freshwater Mussels


Craig Just, a University of Iowa faculty member, is studying freshwater mussels with respect to the nitrogen cycle. His team is trying to find ways to restore river habitats that have been depleted by excessive algal blooms. By understanding how … Continue reading

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BP Oil Spill in Lake Michigan


Workers at the Whiting refinery reported an oil sheen on the water this past Monday. Mike Beslow, the EPA’s emergency response coordinator, said there appeared to be no negative effects on Lake Michigan, the source of drinking water for 7 … Continue reading

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Hazards Research


Eric Tate, a University of Iowa faculty member, is also a hazards geographer, who researches and studies issues closely related to floods. Currently, Tate is interested in the social dimensions of floods. He models human populations to determine who is … Continue reading

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Signal processing research


Ananya Sen Gupta, a University of Iowa faculty member, is currently working on creating topography maps of hydrocarbon biomarkers in crude petroleum, with emphasis in the Gulf of Mexico. Sen Gupta studies contaminants in both groundwater and rain water that … Continue reading

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Nuclear waste research


A University of Iowa faculty member is researching how nuclear waste moves in environmental systems Tori Forbes specifically studies uranium, a byproduct of nuclear fuel, and how it interacts in natural waters. The team will soon study at neptunium as … Continue reading

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