Nitrate runoff part two; City Council amends development ordinances

Sep 4, 2013

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Columbia City Council members approved stricter requirements for a controversial potential housing development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. KBIA’s Kate Grumke reports dozens of residents spoke up about their concerns at Monday’s meeting.

This week we’re returning to the issue of nitrates. In our last show, Harvest Public Media's Abbie Fentriss Swanson reported on the health and environmental concerns posed by the nitrates in fertilizer.  Officials in Iowa have been asking farmers to voluntarily reduce the amount of fertilizer they use. To find out if Iowa farmers are complying with the government’s request, Clay Masters follows the water trail. He begins his report for Harvest Public Media in southeast Iowa, where the Des Moines River catches up with the Mississippi River.