News Release | Environment Iowa

Clean Water Act Turns 40 – Progress Made, More Needed

“Today, the Mississippi and Des Moines Rivers don’t threaten to ignite.  But we face a new set of problems. Thanks to two polluter-driven court cases, too many of our waterways are currently unprotected under the clean water act.  In fact here in Iowa 62% of our streams may be unprotected from pollution under the Clean Water Act, risking the health of 667 thousand Iowans and hundreds of acres of our wetlands.”

News Release | Environment Iowa

New Report: Extreme Downpours Up 35 Percent in Iowa

Eleven months after a heavy rainstorm led to record flooding that devastated Council Bluffs, a new Environment Iowa report confirms that extreme rainstorms are happening 35 percent more frequently in Iowa since 1948.

News Release | Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center

6.2 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Iowa’s Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped over 6.2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Iowa’s waterways, according to a new report released today by Environment Iowa and coauthored by the Frontier Group. Iowa ranks 15th in the nation for this kind of dumping. The report -- Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act -- also discloses that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.