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Water and Land Fact Sheets

The Iowa Environmental Council compiles and contributes to fact sheets on a variety of subjects related to clean water and land stewardship including agriculture, water pollution and conservation.

The Effects of Water Quality on Public Health

Pollutants in Iowa’s surface waters and groundwater affect the safety of drinking water and recreational waters. Some of the health effects can be immediate such as exposure to bacteria or cyanotoxins and other health effects, such as increased risk of cancer, are the result of exposure over a longer period of time.


Sustainable Funding for Iowa's Water & Land

In 2010, an overwhelming majority of Iowans - 63 percent - voted to create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, which would provide permanent, constitutionally protected funding to conserve Iowa’s water, soil, habitat, parks and trails. However, despite strong constituent support, it has yet to be implemented. Iowa's Water and Land Legacy Coalition (IWILL), which the Council is a member of, is working to change that.


Addressing Agricultural Pollution

Iowa faces numerous clean water challenges, but the state's most widespread, serious and vexing problem is agricultural pollution. The agricultural pollution problem is particularly challenging to solve because it comes from across Iowa's landscape where over 90 percent of the land area is in farms.