State Court Declines to Use Public Trust Doctrine in Lawsuit over Water Quality

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Image of crossing over the Raccoon River in Iowa. Image is by Michael Leland

            The Supreme Court of Iowa recently found that a dispute brought by two groups against the state of Iowa lacked standing and was not an issue the courts could decide.  The two groups claim that excessive nitrate levels from agricultural runoff into the Raccoon River had impaired recreational uses of the river and increased costs to purify the water for drinking.  The decision, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement v. State of Iowa, can be found here.

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