Groups say Branstad is ignoring water woes caused by farm runoff

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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Environmental groups pushing the federal government to take over enforcement of Clean Water Act regulations in Iowa said Tuesday that Gov. Terry Branstad is lobbying on behalf of agriculture groups and ignoring the environmental damage being done to rivers and streams by manure spills and farm runoff.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, the Environmental Integrity Project and the Iowa Sierra Club filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents about negotiations between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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