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There are 4 beach advisory for the week of 6/11

3 Beaches with an E. coli-related Advisory:
Denison Beach (Black Hawk Lake, Lake View, Sac County, IA)*
Lake Keomah Beach (Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, IA)*
Lake MacBride Beach (Solon, Johnson County, IA)*

1 Beach with a Microcystin-related Advisory:
Lake Darling Beach (Brighton, Washington County, IA)*

*Data from the Iowa DNR State Park Beach Monitoring Program

What If Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Policy Actually
Reduced Nutrient Pollution?

In 2019, IEC released an analysis showing that the pace and scale of conservation practice implementation was not sufficient to tackle Iowa’s nutrient pollution problem. According to data from the most recent Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) annual report, Iowa hasn’t managed to pick up the pace.  

One promising program increasing the pace and scale of conservation practice implementation is happening in Polk and Dallas Counties, with a new “blitz” effort to install orders of magnitude more saturated buffers and bioreactors in target watersheds to reduce nitrate pollution. This is an exciting and positive step toward improving water quality at the local level, and there must be accelerated efforts toward curbing nutrient pollution across the state. However, this is just one piece of the puzzle to solving nutrient pollution in Iowa.  

In our new report, we took a deep dive into the shortcomings of the NRS and proposed policy changes that would make significant improvements to Iowa’s water quality and natural resources. These policy changes are necessary to curb nutrient pollution, not just anecdotes that help Iowans feel good about supposed progress toward poorly-defined goals. 

HAB at Lake Darling, June 2021

See the updated timelines for implementation


Nominate a Pro H2O Award Winner

Know a friend, family member, neighbor, community leader, colleague, or another Iowan who has made a positive impact on water quality and awareness? Nominate them for an award from IEC!

Consider the people in your sphere who deserve to be celebrated for their efforts at Pro H2O this September.

Nominations are due by June 21Submit your nomination(s) and share with your network!

Join us to discuss Iowa's CAFO Problem 6/29

Join IEC, Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, and a panel of experts for eye-opening panel discussion about how Iowa is sacrificing our water for the benefit of big ag.  

We'll dig in to the Supreme Beef CAFO approval process as an example that demonstrates the threats and impacts CAFOs bring to water quality, how the CAFO approval process got us to where we are, and why its critical to protect our water.

Register today and share with concerned friends and neighbors!


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What's New in Iowa's Water News

What is the value of water? (The Daily Reporter)
Water quality: When regulation works (The Gazette)
• Ifyoucantbeatemjoinemitis (IIHR Blog)
• Letter to the editor: Iowa’s water quality rules a ‘bad joke’ (The Perry News)
Water Summary Update: Nearly 90 percent of Iowa experiencing some degree of drought (EIN Presswire)
Outdoors: Paddlers encouraged to brush up on safety before hitting the water (Audubon Co. Advocate Journal)
Drought gets real as wells run dry (The Storm Lake Times)

Upcoming Water Events

Sandy Hollow Family Fishing Clinic 2021 - Sandy Hollow Rec Area, Sioux County - June 12
Water Safety Training - Online Event - June 12
Youth Fishing Clinic - Pinicon Ridge Park, Linn County - June 12
Indoor Catch & Release Pond - Bass Pro Shop, Altoona - June 12 - 13
Good Morning Cruise - Rock Creek Marina, Clinton Co. - June 13
Kayak Safety Basics - Pinicon Ridge Park, Linn Co. - June 15
Try Kayaking - Peterson Park, Story County - June 16
Water Quality and Iowans' Lake-Based Recreation: New Results from the 2019 Iowa Lakes Survey - Online Event - June 16
After Dark Backwater Cruise - Rock Creek Marina, Clinton Co. - June 17
Stand Up Paddleboard with the Naturalist - Gray's Lake, DSM - June 17
Diving Into Wetlands Virtual Field Day - Online Event - June 18
Supreme Beef and Iowa's CAFO Problem - Online Event - June 29


Iowa Environmental Council
505 Fifth Ave., Suite 850 
 Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2317
515-244-1194 | iecmail@iaenvironment.org

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