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January 27, 2015
Des Moines Initiates Clean Water Act Lawsuit to Stem Farm Pollution
Des Moines Initiates Clean Water Act Lawsuit to Stem Farm Pollution

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Water managers in Iowa's largest city are pursuing a Clean Water Act lawsuit that could have broad consequences — particularly in the Midwestern Corn Belt — for how the United States handles a long-neglected water problem: pollution from farms.

This week, Circle of Blue reports on a Des Moines Water Works lawsuit to stem nitrate pollution in one of the city's primary sources of drinking water.

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