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We all want clean water in Iowa, but how do we get there?

A variety of guests join host Ben Kieffer to discuss water issues in Iowa and the options for planning a future with better water quality.

IPR’s Kate Payne discusses her latest reporting on contamination in public water systems across Iowa and a resident of Avon tells the story of her struggle with a private well system. Also, a former Iowa State University chemist explains why he is advocating to save Bloody Run Creek in northeast Iowa.

Later on, the hosts of the new podcast, "We All Want Clean H20," and researchers at the University of Iowa, talk about why they've launched a podcast and explain the disconnect between public policy and science when it comes to water quality.


  • Kate Payne, eastern Iowa reporter, IPR
  • Janis Elliott, resident of Avon
  • Steve Veysey, retired manager of the chemical instrumentation facility at Iowa State University
  • Silvia Secchi, professor in the department of geographical and sustainably science at the University of Iowa
  • Chris Jones, IIHR research engineer for water quality at the University of Iowa
  • David Cwiertny, director for the center for health effects of environmental contamination at the University of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River