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Report: Iowa River Among the Nation's Most Polluted

April 17, 2007


The Iowa River is one of the most scenic in the state, but it is also one of the most endangered waterways in the nation, according to a report just out today from the American Rivers organization. Nathan Lein with the Iowa Environmental Council says many of the state's waterways face similar problems.

"The Iowa River is representative of the pollution problems facing Iowa's rivers and it's an important recreational destination."

Lein points out that Iowa's water quality is so poor because the state hasn't adopted adequate clean water rules, even in the 30 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act. He says the DNR needs to put better anti-degradation rules in place to keep the situation from worsening.

"With all the problems facing the Iowa River and the rest of Iowa's rivers, the very least we can do is stop adding new pollution."

Lein warns that if water quality continues to decline in the Iowa River, people who depend on the river for drinking water and recreation will face higher water treatment costs, while losing economic benefits from tourism and recreation.

The report is available online at www.AmericanRivers.org/MERPressroom.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA