Here’s a quote from Bill Stowe, chief executive of the Des Moines Water works, who speaks to the failures of voluntary farm measures in Iowa, and the associated costs to clean it up. A “sacrosanct process”? For those of you who might not have your dictionary handy, Sacrosanct is defined as “regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with”. All across our nation we are watching the destruction of our waters tainted with e-coli, nitrates and contaminates.
“In this Alice in Wonderland called industrial agriculture, at least in Iowa, we have a tendency to say farming is this sacrosanct process,” he said. “No other business lets you take a pipe from your business and run it to the waters of the state or the U.S. and not be regulated. But agriculture does this every day in this state, and that’s a problem. We’re heartened by what we’re seeing coming out of the Chesapeake Bay.
”Stowe said voluntary efforts to improve water quality throughout Iowa have proven to be ineffective in making meaningful improvements, placing a greater impetus on the EPA, states and others to do more. He expressed concern that agricultural producers are pushing the cost to remove pollutants on to water users, helping farmers avoid an extra expense and generate higher profits in the process.
“We’re seeing an abuse of a commonwealth of this state and of this country, surface water, by those who are pursuing unregulated their own economic self-interest,” Stowe said.
From Chesapeake Bay, to Yakima Valley, Des Moines and Kewaunee County, alarms are sounding as the resource of clean water diminishes leaving both the environment and human health vulnerable to the devastating effects of contamination. Got water?