Clean Water Radio, episode 6: The Politics of Metrics

Mary Fanter of the Raccoon River Watershed Association doing a water quality assessment.
Mary Fanter of the Raccoon River Watershed Association doing a water quality assessment


 
Our special guest for the hour is Michael Delaney, founder of Citizens for a Healthy Iowa; also founder of the Raccoon River Watershed Association, long-time member of the Isaak Walton League, angler, and Project Aware volunteer. Mike gives his perspectives on recent developments in the political tug of war over Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy, its plan to reduce levels of N and P flowing into our rivers and eventually down to the Gulf of Mexico. We hear a snippet from the 1st gubernatorial debate on this issue, then continue last week's interview with the DNR's Mary Skopec, deeply involved in water quality monitoring around the state, who admits her bosses don't see a DNR role in measuring the impact of the NRS with water quality data. Finally, we turn to Craig Cox, director of the Environmental Working Group's midwest office in Ames, who responds to an new ag-industry alliance in Iowa that promises the "metrics" so needed for accountability. Craig provides a modest proposal to eliminate an abusive farming practice in Iowa, one that has worked well in other states.

 

Originally broadcast 08/29/2014
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Originally broadcast 08/29/2014
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