NEWS
Iowa Nitrates Spike
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Tue May 14, 2013 04:24 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Drought and above-average spring rains are the culprits behind historically high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers found last week, an official with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation told DTN Tuesday.

The Des Moines Water Works reported in a news release Monday that nitrate levels were found at 24 milligrams per liter (mg/l) in the Raccoon River and 17.87 mg/l in the Des Moines River last week. The news release said higher numbers were being seen upstream. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets a maximum safe drinking-water level at 10 mg/l.

High nitrates are ...

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