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Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa

Frederic Rivollier
An image of a farm from an RC Helicopter UAV

"Since the beginning of 2013, there has been a huge increase in the sale of really simple UAV systems," says Rory Paul, CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, based in Chesterfield, Missouri.

With their ability to take high definition photo and video footage, UAVs (known as "unmanned aerial vehicles" or drones) bring up a number of security concerns, and they also have the potential to be put to good use. The Iowa legislature is currently considering ways to regulate these vehicles; so today on River to River, we analyze this legislation.

Also on the show - an update on the Iowa Water Quality Initiative passed last year, to curb the output of nutrients from agriculture runoff. Host Clay Masters sits down with Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp, State Representative Jarad Klein, and Jennifer Terry of the Iowa Environmental Council.

Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa
Listen to the story - water quality on River to River

Clay Masters is IPR’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter