Saturated buffer along unnamed tributary to the Skunk River, Iowa. Photo by Kent Heikens USDA, Agricultural Research Service.
Fertilizer used on Iowa cornfields is killing marine life, but one scientist found an affordable way to put an end to the pollution.
There’s a 6,475-square-mile “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Roughly the same size as Connecticut and Rhode Island, this area located off the Louisiana coast becomes so polluted … [more…]
Photo courtesy Soil Health Partnership
KALONA, Iowa — Returns from conservation practices may be hard to quantify, and management challenges difficult to overcome, but Southeast Iowa farmers Steve Berger and Francis Thicke see viable solutions to preserve Iowa’s topsoil and reduce nutrient loss.
Berger and Thicke spoke at an event hosted by the Sierra Club of Southeast Iowa and the Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development at the Kalona Library … [more…]
Beach-goers enjoy the sun at Lake Macbride on Thursday. Algae and E. coli levels have been a statewide concern this summer.
Photo: David Scrivner/Iowa City Press-Citizen
If you want to swim in a lake with E. coli and toxins that can kill a small dog, Iowa is the place to be. This state is heaven for anyone who enjoys fishing in smelly streams, rafting down polluted rivers, and contributing to