Iowa Water Nitrate Pollution Suit Is Tossed By Fed. Court

Law360, New York (March 20, 2017, 4:14 PM EDT) -- An Iowa federal judge has dismissed a suit brought by the Des Moines Board of Water Works Trustees alleging several upstream water drainage districts polluted the river with nitrates, ruling Friday that the districts had legal immunity and that a constitutional challenge failed.

U.S. District Judge Leonard T. Strand dismissed all 10 claims in large part by relying on answers he received from the Iowa Supreme Court that said the water drainage districts had legal immunity under state law because of their limited, targeted role of...
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