Iowa capital set to sue neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

January 13, 2015 by  
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Iowa’s capital city is testing the waters on a new way to keep fertilizer runoff from neighboring farms out of the two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. NPR reports that Des Moines Water Works plans to sue three cities surrounding it over high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers caused by fertilizers flowing in from local farms–an activity that has thus far gone unregulated. Their concerns over the fertilizers stem from the fact that high levels of nitrates can cause a health risk, particularly for infants younger than 6 months. Add to that the fact that filtering nitrates from the water cost Des Moines $900,000 in 2013 and you have a real problem for the city. Read the rest of Iowa capital set to sue neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: corn farms , des moines water works , farmers , fertilizer , iowa , legal , litgation , nitrate , Pollution , rivers , sue , water issues

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Iowa capital set to sue neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

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