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Take this stream and shove it

Posted on June 19th, 2021

You may have heard that another lawsuit concerning the Raccoon River was dismissed by the Iowa Supreme Court. This latest one, pink-slipped in a 4-3 decision, was filed by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food and Water Watch. They asserted that the State of Iowa had violated the public trust doctrine, meaning the citizens […]

Ifyoucantbeatemjoinemitis

Posted on June 9th, 2021

“The dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness, both individual and collective, are contrary to the order of creation.”  Pope John Paul II. Polk County is one out of 99 in Iowa, but one in six Iowans live there, and about one in four are there on […]

Iowa Rivers 1 to 45: The Fair, the Marginal & the Ugly

Posted on May 27th, 2021

This turkey is going to take a long time to bake and my guess is the title makes you hungry, so I’ll let you have a small piece of pie for now. The list below ranks 45 Iowa stream sites for water quality, top to bottom, over the last five years (2016-20). A good story […]

Grading on a Curve

Posted on May 6th, 2021

More than three years ago now I published a paper with colleagues Jacob Nielsen, Keith Schilling and Larry Weber titled Iowa stream nitrate and the Gulf of Mexico. This paper appeared in the journal PLOS ONE which is an open access journal, meaning anyone can read it for free. Here is the link. In that […]

Environmental Injustice

Posted on March 22nd, 2021

Using 2017 data (1), USDA has identified 86,104 people as the “primary producer” (e.g., farmer) on Iowa farms. Of these folks, 378 (0.4%) identified as of Hispanic origin, 45 (<0.1%) as Native American, 64 (<0.1%) as Asian, 40 (<0.1%) as African American, 6 (<0.1%) as Pacific Islander, and 85,827 (99.7%) as white. Of these white […]

Manure Matters: IA 2020 Nitrate Summary

Posted on March 1st, 2021

Preface: I hit the wrong button and accidentally posted this for about 5 minutes before I was done, and realizing my mistake, took it down. What you see here is the final product. You may have noticed the mistake. Witold Krajewski once told me aging is something that is impossible to understand until it actually happens […]

Ripe as a Roadkill Raccoon

Posted on June 3rd, 2020

Hydrologists classify watersheds using a hierarchical system that “nests” watersheds within one another, an idea that resembles a broad oak tree with the trunk being a large river such as the Mississippi and the countless branches its numerous tributaries. Each watershed or branch is given a number—a Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) with the larger branches […]

They break it, you buy it

Posted on February 25th, 2020

Last Thursday (2/20/20) the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) released the results of a study1 showing Iowa farmers could save up to $99 million per year by better aligning their fertilizer amounts with corn requirements. Among other things, their data show that surveyed farmers were applying about 34 pounds per acre more nitrogen fertilizer than ISU […]

Fool Me Once….

Posted on February 12th, 2020

This morning I read for the second time in two years that our state’s agriculture department is “just getting started” on addressing Iowa’s problems with nutrient pollution (1,2). As my favorite 1960s TV star Jerry Mathers would say, “gee that’s swell”, since this pollution has been around since Leave it to Beaver was still a […]

Eau de BS

Posted on December 19th, 2019

Recently I happened upon the little book at the right (1), and since it covers a topic that interests me, I bought it. Essentially an essay at about 8000 words, it can be read in the time it takes to drink two beers if you drink them at the rate I do, which is slightly […]