Victory! Iowa’s Clean Water Standards Protected from Attacks

Two years ago, ELPC and our allies at the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) celebrated Iowa’s adoption of strong “anti-degradation” standards – an important but often ignored part of the Clean Water Act designed to keep unnecessary pollution out of clean waterways. But since then, naysayers have been challenging this important standard and even issuing intrusive subpoenas to intimidate local environmentalists. On March 30th, ELPC’s and IEC’s work to fend off these attacks and protect the standards achieved a significant courtroom victory when a judge threw out the lawsuit challenging the clean water standards. This follows up on our victory from October 2011, when the judge dismissed the groundless subpoena requests and protected IEC’s first amendment rights. We look forward to continuing to protect and effectively implement Iowa’s strong clean water standard.


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