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Preserving Iowa’s Freshwater Ecosystems

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Since its beginning, the conservation movement has been focused on preserving the natural places we still have, but Joe Whitworth, president of the Freshwater Trust, says that is not good enough.  Host Charity Nebbe talks to Whitworth about his work restoring freshwater ecosystems, how he believes that clean water can co-exist with profitable agriculture, and the future of conservation.  

Also, David Cwiertny from the University of Iowa's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering explains how discharge from certain steroids and pharmaceutical products into Iowa’s waterways may have dire consequences for the state's aquatic wildlife.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Dennis Reese is the mid-day host for Iowa Public Radio