On the Radio: Governor proposes plan to reduce dead zone

Governor Terry Branstad. Photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr.
Governor Terry Branstad. Photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses a proposal by Governor Terry Branstad to reduce Iowa’s nutrient runoff.

Governor Terry Branstad has released a 200-page proposal to reduce Iowa’s impact on the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Nutrient pollution from Iowa and other states bordering the Mississippi River has led to the creation of a low-oxygen area in the Gulf of Mexico that’s unlivable for most marine life.

Branstad’s plan calls for wastewater treatment and industrial plants to make upgrades that will reduce their nutrient pollution. The plan also calls for farmers – who’s practices account for the vast majority of nutrient runoff in Iowa – to voluntarily improve their land management practices.

This plan has faced early criticism for its reliance on voluntary approaches towards reducing farm runoff.

For more information visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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