Iowa’s drinking water sources are more polluted today than at any other time in history due to record nitrate levels from ag runoff and our heavily lax environmental laws. Chris Hagenow and Kevin Koester want to restrict these laws even further.
Approximately 18 million of Iowa’s 20 million hogs are now produced in CAFOs. According to Clemson University, the waste production for each individual hog is between 60-84 lbs per day, which, if averaged at 72 lbs per hog, means that the hogs in Iowa produce over 1 billion pounds of excrement per day, every day.
Modern environmentalism is not generally correlated with religion or religious teachings, at least in the media. Young people dressed in 60’s fashions waxing poetic about “like – the earth, man” seems to be the enduring stereotype. Religion doesn’t seem to have a place at the table. However, that isn’t really the case.
The Corps of Engineers have become caretakers of our major waterways. Their mission areas: warfighting, homeland security, infrastructure support, water resources, and environmental protection. Under “water resources” falls waterway navigation, flood risk management, hydroelectric power, water safety, and supply.
We are pleased to see our elected officials finally starting to pay attention to Iowa’s dismal water quality and the need for investments in agricultural soil conservation, outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat and other natural resource issues. It’s about time – again. But we don’t know whether to scream, laugh or cry.
Citizens for a Healthy Iowa is an Iowa based 501c(4) non-profit organization. Citizens for a Healthy Iowa works to promote sustainable public health, agricultural, economic development, and environmental policy.