Blog For Tag "nitrate pollution"

  • What nitrogen monitoring can teach us about managing pesticides

    posted by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 Iowa has a robust plan for monitoring nitrogen. But what about other ag inputs that affect our water? In this guest blog post, Audrey Tran Lam with the Center for Energy and the Environment at UNI shares what Iowa's robust nitrogen monitoring can teach us about managing pesticides.

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  • An Individual Duty to Protect Water

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 In 1987, the Iowa legislature passed the Iowa Groundwater Protection Act. IEC suggests it is time to create an Iowa Surface Water Protection Act as part of the efforts to advance the Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

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  • Meskwaki Nation Leads Creation of Iowa River Watershed Coalition

    posted by Guest Blogger on Friday, July 30, 2021 Iowa River Watershed Coalition President, Jarrett Pfrimmer, PhD, shares the coalition efforts led by the Meskwaki Department of Natural Resources to form the Iowa River Watershed Coalition in 2019. Read more about the stakeholders involved and the goals they have set out to achieve to protect the Iowa River watershed.

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  • Seeing What Lies Ahead for the Mississippi

    posted by Angelisa Belden on Thursday, July 15, 2021 Communications Director Angelisa Belden reflects on her family's visit to the headwaters of the Mississippi River, and what that visit reveals for the future of the Great River.

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  • A Century Farm Looking to the Future

    posted by Megan McDowell on Friday, June 4, 2021 IEC staff visited the Tesdell Century Farm in May to see about clean energy and land stewardship projects in action.

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  • When it comes to CAFOs, try, try again

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 A company seeking to site an 11,600-head cattle feedlot in northeast Iowa wasn't giving up on getting DNR approval. IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt reviews the timeline and how Supreme Beef and DNR found a way to make the massive feedlot happen.

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  • Leveraging Local Leadership for Watershed Success

    posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Iowa sits at the crossroads of making decisions about the future of water resources management. CFRA believes that Iowa's quickest path to clean water and flood resiliency lies within each of our communities. Cody Smith with Center for Rural Affairs gives insight into their latest report, Iowa's Path to Clean Water and Flood Resilient Communities, and thoughts on how to put Iowa's communities in the driver's seat to meet the state's adopted goals.

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  • The Land Where CAFOs Reign Supreme

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, October 23, 2020 The Iowa DNR recently approved the nutrient management plan for a 2,700 cattle feedlot in NE Iowa. As neighbors and Iowans consider the impacts of this operation on fragile karst topography, IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt addresses questions, concerns, and suggestions for the future.

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  • When is it safe to get in the water?

    posted by Angelisa Belden on Friday, August 21, 2020 I spent a significant amount of money for a weekend getaway at an Iowa lake. Imagine my disappointment to find the water covered in green algae on day 2. Was it safe to swim? Who knows? Will I go back? That remains to be seen - and that's a danger for the local economy.

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  • Pandemic Highlights the Perennial Importance of Parks

    posted on Friday, July 31, 2020 Both the DNR and Polk County Conservation Board have reported a tremendous increase in park attendance, including increased beach and water recreation use since COVID-19 hit Iowa. However, before you throw on your swimsuit and goggles, know the risks of swimming prior to hitting the beach.

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