Tag Archives: water quality

Algae And The Politics Of Denial

During his July 8 speech on the environment, the president mentioned his administration’s fight with “toxic algae” in Florida 50 miles from his Mar-a-Lago resort. Bruce Hrobak, a bait and tackle shop owner in Port St. Lucie, Fla. gave a … Continue reading

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Iowa Environmental Council Weekly Water Watch

(Editor’s Note: The Iowa Environmental Council monitors harmful algae blooms throughout the state. Here’s a link to their July 20 report). Weekly Water Watch is really about this:  taking a minute to 1) see Iowa’s lakes as resource, 2) understand … Continue reading

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Legislative Issues From Robb Hogg

Water Debate Heats Up – Speak Up For Real Action For Water Solutions One of the key issues facing the state that is expected to be addressed early in the session is water policy. In early January, I wrote an … Continue reading

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Iowa Water Quality And Confirmation Bias

Progressives, farmers and environmentalists heard there is movement in the Iowa legislature to fund water quality and ears perked up — a natural impulse to interpret new events as supporting something we already believe or are working on, also known … Continue reading

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Top 10 Iowa Legislative Threats from the Extreme Right

January 9th, 2017 Posted By: Progress Iowa Iowa’s legislative session convened today, and Republicans have control of the state Senate, House, and the Governor’s office for the first time in 20 years. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Speaker … Continue reading

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Iowa's Algae Blooms

Iowa recreational lakes have become a nutrient-rich soup in which blue-green algae thrives.  The Iowa Environmental Council won’t say what I will: nutrient runoff from agriculture, and to a much lesser extent from home lawn applications, is a key ingredient … Continue reading

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Iowa Has A Water Problem

DES MOINES—”We have a water problem,” Mayor Frank Cownie said at the state convention of the League of Women Voters of Iowa on Saturday. Like all municipalities, the Des Moines Water Works must comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act … Continue reading

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