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How do you balance the needs of an agricultural economy with environmental and human health? With two-thirds of Iowa’s waterways considered impaired and nearly one-third of the nitrate load in the Mississippi watershed coming from Iowa, why is policy change so difficult?
While it’s recommended that wells in the state are tested annually, most aren’t. What are the risks? What is the data telling us about private wells in the state and what are we learning about water quality from the tests?
An in-depth discussion looking at Iowa’s plan to reduce nutrient contributions from wastewater plants and non-point sources like farm fields. How has the plan evolved? What additional revisions are needed and what is the political appetite for making them happen?
Forever chemicals, or PFAS, have been getting significant attention, but other emerging contaminants are cause for concern in drinking water. Pharmaceuticals and other personal care products may also be having impacts on aquatic life in Iowa. This session will talk about PFAS as well as how emerging contaminants are catching the eyes of regulators and scientists.
We’ll talk with city leaders about the costs and challenges of providing water and whether other policy changes could be better. We’ll also look at the wastewater processes and the impacts those have on water quality.