News: Iowa nitrogen pollution in the water is getting worse, despite hundreds of millions of dollars in spending, study shows

Des Moines Register: Iowa nitrogen pollution in the water is getting worse, despite hundreds of millions of dollars in spending, study shows

Excerpt

Nitrogen pollution flowing out of Iowa to the Gulf of Mexico has grown by close to 50 percent over nearly two decades, a new report shows, despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent to stem nutrients entering the state's waterways.

A University of Iowa study shows the state's contribution to the Gulf dead zone spiked 47 percent to 618 million pounds in 2016, based on five-year running annual averages.

"Just based on water quality data, I think we can say we’ve not made much progress over the past 20 years in terms of nitrogen," said Chris Jones, a research engineer at the UI's IIHR–Hydroscience & Engineering.

Commentary

Despite the fact that during the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session, the governor signed a bill authorizing a small (in relation to what will be required) allocation, it is not enough to make a sizable impact on our overall water quality. 

I will make it a major part of my campaign to fight for more funds, more studies, and more public/private partnerships to clean up our waterways. 

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