More deer test positive for CWD

Photo by James Preston, Flickr.

Five more deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Iowa. The new cases were all found in Pottawattamie County.

The first case of CWD was found in Davis County in July.

Four of the six deer to test positive came from a breeding facility in Cerro Gordo County. That facility has been placed under quarantine.

Read more from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources here.

Iowa county is one of few areas nationwide not to meet lead standards

Mormon Bridge connects Pottawattamie County with Florence, Nebraska. Photo by Steve and Sara, Flickr

The EPA announced that most areas around the nation are meeting air quality standards for lead. Unfortunately, Iowa’s Pottawattamie County was one of the few areas not to meet these standards.

Overall, 11 states and Puerto Rico had at least one area that exceeded the EPA’s limit.

The lead standards were strengthened ten-fold in 2008.

The EPA’s news release reports that the areas failing to meet the lead standards are obligated to enact changes:

Areas designated as not meeting the standards will need to develop plans within 18 months and implement them within five years to reduce pollution to meet the lead standards. No areas in Indian Country are being designated nonattainment.

Lead emitted into the air can be inhaled or can be ingested after it settles. Ingestion is the main route of human exposure. Children are the most susceptible because they are more likely to ingest lead, and their bodies are developing rapidly. There is no known safe level of lead in the body.


Treynor notches water quality honor

Treynor, Iowa, a Pottawattamie County town of 950, was honored for its clean water. Credit: Wikimedia CommonsIf you’re ever in search of a clean glass of water in Southwest Iowa, you may want to head to the tiny city of Treynor.

The Iowa Rural Water Association recently named the Pottawattamie County town “Community Water System of the Year.”

The Omaha World-Herald reports:

The Iowa Rural Water Association assists small communities on a variety of issues, said CEO Greg Huff, including leak detection, operator certification issues and treatment processes.

Formed in 1975, the non-profit organization began handing out its “Community Water System of the Year” award in 2003. Treynor is the first city in southwest Iowa to win.

“You really get a sense that Treynor is trying to really look ahead,” Huff said.

He noted that it’s often difficult for small towns to plan for the future while also handling the day-to-day issues of an aging infrastructure.

“It’s a challenge,” Huff said. “Treynor’s doing a great job in meeting that challenge and looking to the future as well.”