Iowa DNR worried about state’s water supply

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is concerned that Iowa’s underground water supplies might not be sufficient enough to meet the demand created by urban sprawl and a growing biofuels industry.

These concerns stem from the DNR’s effort to inventory and measure Iowa’s network of aquifers – a project that began four years ago, and is the first large-scale effort of it’s kind.

“We can now look 20 to 30 years into the future with the models we are developing,” state geologist Robert Libra said. “We’re telling people, ‘You may not be able to produce the water you’re counting on.’ It’s a call to take a smart tool and plan. These towns need water. The towns need businesses. The businesses need water.”

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

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