Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Says Water Report Blames Factory Farms for Pollution

Apr 17, 2017

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its bi-annual impaired waters report last week. The report showed that the factory farm industry is a major contributor to Iowa’s water pollution crisis.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Iowa has over 9,000 factory farms that produce more than 22 billion gallons of manure annually.  In more than 13 hundred Iowa waterbodies tested, over half were affected by runoff from factory farms.

The non-profit Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is asking the Iowa Legislature and the Governor to pass mandatory, regulations to force Big Ag corporations to pay for the cost of clean-up and to pass a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms in Iowa.  For Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.