water quality http://iowapublicradio.org en Where is the Watershed? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/where-watershed <p>Water quality has been a problem in Iowa since the late 1800s. To improve it, where do we start?</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:56:23 +0000 Lindsey Moon 44047 at http://iowapublicradio.org Where is the Watershed? Water Quality Hasn't Improved in Iowa Since the 1980s http://iowapublicradio.org/post/water-quality-hasnt-improved-iowa-1980s <p>Iowa’s water quality hadn’t nudged much since the 1980s. That’s according to Iowa Geological Survey research scientist Keith Schilling.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:58:51 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe 44045 at http://iowapublicradio.org Water Quality Hasn't Improved in Iowa Since the 1980s The Annual Battle Against Pond Scum http://iowapublicradio.org/post/annual-battle-against-pond-scum <p>Put heat, light, water and nitrogen together and you get lakes and ponds that are choked with plant growth. &nbsp;It's Horticulture Day and host,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charity </span>Nebbe, talks with<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Allen </span>Patillo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Iowa State University Extension </span>Fisheries<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Aquaculture<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Specialist about aquatic plant management. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:26:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe 41115 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Annual Battle Against Pond Scum White House Climate Change Task Force Meets in Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/white-house-climate-change-task-force-meets-des-moines <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National leaders, governors, mayors and tribal leaders met in Des Moines this week for a task force meeting that will make recommendations to the White House this fall.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">IPR's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Clay Masters talked with Des Moines Mayor Frank&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cownie</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about what those recommendations might look like.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:33:10 +0000 Clay Masters 40723 at http://iowapublicradio.org White House Climate Change Task Force Meets in Des Moines Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/future-regulation-drones-iowa <p>"Since the beginning of 2013, there has been a huge increase in the sale of really simple UAV systems," says Rory Paul, CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, based in Chesterfield, Missouri.</p><p>With their ability to take high definition photo and video footage, UAVs (known as "unmanned aerial vehicles" or drones) bring up a number of security concerns, and they also have the potential to be put to good use. The Iowa legislature is currently considering ways to regulate these vehicles; so today on <em>River to River</em>, we analyze this legislation.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:36:10 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 38043 at http://iowapublicradio.org Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa Urban Wetlands Play a Part in Improving Iowa Water Quality http://iowapublicradio.org/post/urban-wetlands-play-part-improving-iowa-water-quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Iowa homeowners and municipalities can use urban wetlands to capture nutrients that pollute state waterways and improve water quality. <a href="http://www.iowapolicyproject.org/2013Research/131030-Wetlands.pdf">That’s according to a new report out Wednesday. </a>But researchers say it would only be a small part of improving the state’s water quality.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Clay Masters 31370 at http://iowapublicradio.org Urban Wetlands Play a Part in Improving Iowa Water Quality Regulating Iowa's Water Quality [Talk of Iowa] http://iowapublicradio.org/post/regulating-iowas-water-quality-talk-iowa <p>The Gulf of Mexico is the largest hypoxic zone currently affecting the United States. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a discussion on water quality in Iowa and the connection our state has with the Gulf. We take a look at Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy as a conservation plan.</p><p>Today's guests include: Iowa Public Radio reporter Clay Masters, Bill Stowe, the CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works, Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, and John Lawrence, the Associate Dean in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:19:29 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 28200 at http://iowapublicradio.org Regulating Iowa's Water Quality [Talk of Iowa] Farmers, Policymakers Debate Water Quality Regulation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-policymakers-debate-water-quality-regulation <p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 28127 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers, Policymakers Debate Water Quality Regulation Water Quality and River and Lake Restoration http://iowapublicradio.org/post/water-quality-and-river-and-lake-restoration-0 <p>Many of Iowa's rivers and lakes are unable to support recreation and fishing and are in need of restoration. Governor Branstad's proposed budget cuts funding for restoration projects. Today on River to River, we talk with the Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, as well as people in communities impacted by the cuts.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:38:31 +0000 Clay Masters 17171 at http://iowapublicradio.org Water Quality and River and Lake Restoration