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America’s risk for water scarcity linked to drought conditions


A new report from Columbia University’s Water Center reveals that some of America’s businesses and cities are undergoing a much greater risk than before of water scarcity.

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After wet spring, Iowa may be headed into drought conditions


This spring was Iowa’s wettest on record. However, the recent streak of dry weather has meteorologists concerned that the state may be in for a flash drought.

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Iowa’s drought down to one percent of land


According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a drought which covered most of Iowa farmland at the beginning of the year has dwindled down to one percent of Iowa’s land.

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Rain helps lessen drought in Iowa


This week’s rain has helped lessen the drought in Iowa. The rainfall for the week was the most that has fallen in Iowa since June 2011. The rain came after the ground thawed, which allows the water to soak in. … Continue reading

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On the Radio: The drought’s environmental benefits


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the benefits of last year’s drought. This past year’s drought actually had some benefits for Iowa’s environment. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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On the Radio: Visitation increases at Iowa’s state parks


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses increased visitation at Iowa’s state parks. After a number of wet summers, the dry conditions of 2012 seem to have helped increase visitation at Iowa’s state … Continue reading

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Drought could lead to forced water limits in Iowa


Drought conditions could lead to water conservation measures in some parts of Iowa. Especially in Iowa’s northwest counties, there’s a chance that some areas will have to limit water usage. To avoid getting to this point, Iowans are encouraged to … Continue reading

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Benefits of the drought in Iowa


While the drought had many negative consequences, there were also a few benefits. Iowa Public Radio highlighted some of these benefits in a story last week. The drought provided near ideal conditions for Iowa’s wineries, since grapes grow better in … Continue reading

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Iowa state parks draw more visitors despite drought


Despite above average temperatures and severe drought conditions, Iowa state parks welcomed 12 percent more visitors in 2012 than in 2011. According to data released by The Iowa Department of Natural Resources this week, the department’s 87 parks logged a … Continue reading

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Possible changes on the way to water allocation law


Changes may be coming to a state law that allows the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to decide what water users get their water shut-off or restricted when water conservation is necessary. The state law was originally put into place … Continue reading

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