Category Archives: Water quality

$1.4 million towards water quality improvement


Last week, the state of Iowa made $1.4 million available to farmers in an effort to improve water quality through nutrient reduction practices. Farmers have now claimed all of these funds and will match the amount, bringing the total to $2.8 … Continue reading

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USGS study finds waterways have high levels of neonicotinoid in Iowa, Midwest


A new study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) finds that waterways in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest are experiencing particularly high levels of an insecticide known as neonicotinoid. Farmers and gardeners use neonicotinoids – or neonics – because their effectiveness against … Continue reading

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Agricultural and environmental interests may be at odds


Earlier this week, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and several other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee met with U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. The aim of the closed-door meeting was to clarify several intersections between environmental regulations … Continue reading

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Asphalt: both victim and culprit of Iowa flooding


Heavy rainfall throughout Iowa over the weekend caused flash floods in several cities, resulting in two deaths and causing millions of dollars in infrastructure damage. Some of the most striking damage was to Iowa’s roads. Floods closed off residential roads and highways … Continue reading

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Minnesota bans triclosan; cites health and environmental risks


Minnesota has recently become the first state in the nation to ban triclosan, a chemical compound with antibacterial properties that is used in a wide range of products. The ban will be implemented in 2017 in order to give producers … Continue reading

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Ottumwa meat plant is Iowa’s top waterway polluter


  An Ottumwa pork processing plant is the state’s number one waterway polluter, according to a report released by the Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center. The report finds that Cargill Meat Solutions dumped nearly three million pounds of chemicals … Continue reading

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Iowa hydraulic engineers are helping clean London’s River Thames


London’s River Thames is being flooded with sewer waste, and researchers at the University of Iowa are contributing to the problem’s solution. Hydraulic engineers at the IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering are building scaled models of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a 16-mile tunnel … Continue reading

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Nitrates often released back into rivers


According to the Des Moines Register, Des Moines’ nitrate removal facility was responsible for dumping approximately 13,500 pounds of the contaminant into the Raccoon River last year. Nitrates can be detrimental to human health if consumed in high enough quantities, … Continue reading

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Illinois bans microbeads; other states may follow


Illinois has become the first state in the nation to ban microbeads, the small plastic particles found in many soaps and skin care products. Recent research found that most microbeads are too small to be detected by water filtration systems. … Continue reading

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Iowa water levels in good shape for 2014


  Normal snow levels over the winter season and cooler spring temperatures may lead to a more moderate 2014 in Iowa, according to state water and climate experts. In an interview with KCRG, Mike Gannon of the University of Iowa’s IIHR … Continue reading

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