Iowa Lawsuit

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Postby S.T.Fanatic » Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:18 am

Just read this post on another trout board.


#10 Posted : Thursday, July 07, 2016 10:16:34 AM
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The Des Moines water works is currently suing three Iowa counties at the headwaters of the Raccoon River for excessive nitrates allowed to enter the river via drain tile in corn and bean fields. This has sparked a statewide discussion about water quality in Iowa, where waterways are among the most polluted in the nation. Not being a lawyer, my understanding of the issues is rudimentary, but it boils down to this: Stream beds are owned and controlled by the owner of the property through which the stream flows. The water, on the other hand, is owned by the people of Iowa. Iowans are becoming alarmed at the dismal quality of our waters, and there is a faint but growing call for better regulation so PUBLIC PROPERTY isn't damaged by a few citizens who have no concern for the common good.

It will be interesting to hear what the court decides. Major changes in water management regulations could result. Fingers crossed.
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Postby brntrout » Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:23 pm

You're right, it should be interesting to see what happens through the legal system over this issue?
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Postby brntrout » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:48 am

Unfortunately the lawsuit has been dismissed. Click on link for story: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story ... /99327928/
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