To the editor:
I’m sending a press release for your reference in relation to the article “Half of water monitoring sites show highest nitrate levels ever seen” posted on ThePerryNews.com on Nov. 6. Upon review, you will find a few points in ThePerryNews.com story that are inaccurate.
I appreciate the comments in relation to the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), but please note that the Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance (ACWA) is responsible for the water monitoring. ISA is contracted to collect the samples, but the data belongs to ACWA.
Also, as the press release explains, weather is a significant factor in managing nitrates. The story posted on your site does not represent the role of Mother Nature in this complex system. Omitting this information misrepresents what the water monitoring team noted as an important consideration when looking at the data.
Finally, when reading the release you will also note that a Water Quality Improvement project was awarded this year in Elk Run, a watershed the story on your site focuses on. You may find this information of interest.
Thank you for your consideration.
Dorothy Tate, Iowa Soybean Association