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Americans Need to Start Worrying About Tap Water

December 12, 2014

"Application of unlimited manure from growing animal feeding operations and commercial fertilizer and the ease in transporting these pollutants to our rivers through drainage systems has significantly, and increasingly, degraded water quality. Until industrial agriculture is no longer exempt from regulations needed to protect water quality, we will continue to see water quality degrade and our consumers will continue to pay."

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Nitrate levels hit record highs in 2 D.M. rivers

December 05, 2014

Officials have said the $4 million nitrate-removal plant, installed in 1992, costs about $7,000 a day to run. The Environmental Protection Agency had ordered Des Moines to act to remove nitrates after the contaminant exceeded the federal limit in tap water during the early 1990s.

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Full Report: Iowa Farm Bureau Exposed

November 25, 2014

The Farm Bureau has a strong brand with high name recognition, and unparalleled political influence. It calls itself the “voice of agriculture,” yet many people are unaware of what the organization stands for, what a lucrative business empire it has built, and the many connections between the non-profit organization and its numerous for-profit businesses.

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Op-Ed: Iowa Farm Bureau: Voice of Hypocrisy and Big Business

November 25, 2014

For far too long, the Iowa Farm Bureau has claimed to be the “voice of agriculture,” while also supporting a right-wing agenda that benefits large corporate interests at the expense of ordinary citizens, small family farmers, public health, and clean water protection. In reality, the organization lobbies heavily to increase government subsidies of destructive farming practices while opposing sensible protections for our air and water. And it uses high-dollar influence peddling to shape a right-wing agenda that is at odds with what makes Iowa a great place to live, work and raise a family.

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The Register's Editorial: Not surprisingly, D.M. water rates are rising

November 25, 2014

Des Moines residents will be paying its fourth residential rate increase, and the fifth for suburban customers, in six budget years. Des Moines Water Works officials predict there will be more rate increases in future years. That's in part because the cost of business is going up for such things as labor and materials, and in part because of capital investments in treatment and delivery systems.

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