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Drainage districts could be part of Iowa’s nitrate solution, report says


October 12, 2017
By The Des Moines Register

Drainage districts, once the target of a Des Moines Water Works lawsuit, could be part of the solution to cut high nitrate levels in Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams, according to a new report.

Iowa’s 3,700 drainage districts already have power under state law to “mitigate pollution discharge” since they’re “presumed to be a public benefit” that contribute to “public health, convenience and welfare,” according to the Iowa Policy Project, an Iowa City research group. READ MORE