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Iowa drainage districts strike back

The evidence set forth by the counties shows the unprecedented nature of Des Moines’ claims. Iowa and USEPA have for over 40 years not required NPDES permits for farmers’ drainage tiles. The environmental agencies have made it perfectly clear these permits are not required and yet DMWW charges that the expert agencies in charge of nonpoint runoff from farmers’ fields have been wrong for over 40 years and Congress has sat on its hands doing nothing. Des Moines, according to the Memorandum filed in Court, cannot identify any other state that has ever required an NPDES permit for a drainage tile.

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