Iowa utility sues ag drainage districts

Iowa utility sues ag drainage districts

Farmers worry litigation will impede collaborative, voluntary approach to addressing water quality issues.

DES Moines Water Works has elected to pursue litigation against farmers and their drainage districts more than 100 miles away from Des Moines, Iowa, in the counties of Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun, Iowa, saying high levels of nitrates in groundwater runoff threaten the water supply for customers who depend on it for drinking water.

"The role of agricultural drainage as a direct pipeline of nitrate pollution into our streams and rivers and the harm

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