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Water Quality Negligence Costing Us In The Long Run
The Des Moines Register released an editorial over the weekend that sheds light on the seemingly exorbitant cost of water treatment in the state of Iowa due to contamination from agriculture runoff.
Removing the abundance of nitrates from drinking water is costing the Des Moines Water Works $7,000 each day, according to General Manager Bill Stowe. He says the utility has spent $500,000 in the past two months alone to run a system that reduces the level of nitrates, which largely come from fertilizer and hog manure applied to farm fields. Stowe says if Iowa policymakers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fail to regulate such runoff and enforce the federal Clean Water Act in Iowa, his utility might have to file a lawsuit.
Read the full article here.
The Hill has more on the decisions House leadership has to make regarding the future of the farm bill.
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