After Des Moines, What’s Next for Water Quality?

On March 17, a federal judge dismissed the Des Moines Water Works’ suit, which argued that upstream farmers should be responsible for cleaning up elevated nitrate levels in central Iowa’s drinking water.  The ruling was a blow to ongoing efforts to deal with agricultural runoff through regulatory channels, versus the current voluntary approach. While the Water Works suit is stalled -- for now – what’s next for water quality in the Mississippi River Basin?  

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Headlines: 

1. Farmers Should Help Forge Conservation Policy

2. Perdue Had a Long Wait For a Short Confirmation Hearing — And Nailed It

3. U.S. Biomass-Based Diesel Imports Increase 65%, Set New Record in 2016 

4. On the Value of Ethanol in the Gasoline Blend

5. First U.S. Bumble Bee Added to Endangered Species List

 

 

 

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