Iowa launches clean water website

Iowa officials this week unveiled a new website – www.cleanwateriowa.org –intended to help Iowans clean up their rivers and lakes. A Des Moines Register article quoted Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as calling the site a “one-stop-shop for conservation practices we can all use, whether it is on the farm, at a business or by a … Read more Iowa launches clean water website

Nitrate taints St. Peter groundwater

A  Minnesota Public Radio report this week looked at the complicated – and costly – process the City of St. Peter uses to remove nitrate from city water. The nitrate mostly comes from fertilizers applied by farmers. The radio report says the water would be cleaner if farmers planted more alfalfa and less corn and … Read more Nitrate taints St. Peter groundwater

Meetings set on nitrogen fertilizer plan

The first of five “listening sessions,” hosted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to receive citizen comment on a new nitrogen fertilizer plan, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in Marshall. The event will be at the Marshall Public Library, 201 C. Street. In early August, the Ag Department released a … Read more Meetings set on nitrogen fertilizer plan

Freshwater statement on MPCA nitrogen pollution report

The Freshwater Society made this statement about the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s report on nitrogen pollution of surface waters: The MPCA report is good work. It demonstrates the magnitude of Minnesota’s nitrogen pollution problem – 306 million pounds per year flowing into our rivers and streams. That nitrogen imperils fish and other aquatic life both … Read more Freshwater statement on MPCA nitrogen pollution report

UN calculates ag pollution's worldwide cost

The Freshwater Society blog publishes a digest of important regional, national and international articles and research on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to read the articles in their entirety where they originally were published. Save these dates:  March 29. The Freshwater hosts a conference on precision conservation, the … Read more UN calculates ag pollution's worldwide cost