KIMT NEWS 3 - The water headed from Iowa to the Gulf of Mexico may be even worse in terms of quality now that it was 20 years ago. That’s according to a new University of Iowa study.
Gabriel Haugland said he has seen the changes first-hand after fishing in Florida for a number of years. He says the wildlife in the Gulf has noticeably changed in just a couple of years.
The University of Iowa study said the increase in nitrates at the Gulf can be traced back to Iowa farms and home owner’s front lawns.
While the state has put hundreds of millions of dollars towards addressing the water quality issue, Haugland said there’s still more work to be done.
“We need to take a closer look at this,” he said. “I understand that fertilizing is important for healthy lawns and crops, but downstream, it is killing off someone else’s industry. That’s not fair all the way around.”
Last year the Iowa Legislature approved over $420 million to help farmers plant cover crops as well as fund other conservation practices.
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