Drainage districts, once the target of a Des Moines Water Works lawsuit, could be part of the solution to cut high nitrate levels in Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams, according to a new report.Iowa’s 3,700 drainage districts already have power under state law to “mitigate pollution discharge” since they’re “presumed to be a public benefit” that contribute to “public health, convenience and welfare,” according to the Iowa Policy Project, an Iowa City research group.“Public health and welfare can and should be interpreted to mean keeping our waterways free of nitrate pollution,“ the report stated.But some experts disagree. They say drainage districts don’t have the legal power to pay for projects beyond draining farm fields.David Osterberg, an Iowa Policy Project’s founder, said drainage districts should be open to a broader interpretation of state law. ”I think drainage districts understand that they’re a little more vulnerable” to legal action “than they’re currently acting,” he said.Des Moines Water Works filed a lawsuit in 2015 against drainage districts in three north Iowa counties over high nitrate levels, claiming underground drainage tiles act as a conduit that funnel high levels of nitrates into the Raccoon River, a source of drinking water for 500,000 central Iowa residents.”There’s motivation for them to be better stewards of… Read full this story
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