On The Radio – Two Iowa cities receive national grants for water quality


Dubuque, Iowa with the Mississippi River in the background. (Wikimedia)
October 26, 2015

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at two Iowa cities that recently received national grants to improve water quality. 

Transcript: League of Cities

One Iowa group is receiving a national grant to reduce water pollution.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The Iowa League of Cities has been named a 2015 recipient of a Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. The $700,000 grant will help fund development of a program under Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy, the Water Quality Offset Program. This program, being implemented in Dubuque and Storm Lake, is designed to reduce nutrient runoff from point sources without increasing costs to ratepayers. These cities have worked with their watershed groups to develop nutrient reduction projects upstream from their communities.

The NRCS grant program looks for innovative conservation practices across the country, specifically programs that demonstrate how conservation practices can lower costs for citizens in the long run. The Water Quality Offset Program allows operators at point sources of nutrient pollution to exchange nutrient reduction at one source to offset the costs of reduction at another source.

For more information about nutrient reduction programs, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.