Stories and facts that helped inform the writing and illustration of Water.


“Water Works Lawsuit Started Overdue Discussion,” Mark Gannon, February 4, 2016, Des Moines Register

“How Do We Fix Iowa’s Nitrate Pollution?” Donelle Eller, September 13, 2015, Des Moines Register

“Can this Genius Strategy Stop Big Ag from Dumping Fertilizer Into Drinking Water?,” Tom Philpott, Sept/Oct 2015, Mother Jones

“Editorial: Iowa waterways are a disgrace,” the Register’s editorial board, August 22, 2015, Des Moines Register

“Toxic Algae Closing Iowa Beaches at Record Numbers,” Donelle Eller, August 14, 2015, Des Moines Register

“Finding Common Ground in Fight Over Iowa’s Water,” Kyle Munson, May 24, 2015, Des Moines Register

“The Real Story on Nitrate Levels in Iowa’s Rivers,” Donelle Eller, April 13, 2015, Des Moines Register

“Death Tax Killing American Family Farms?” Mark Koba, April 13, 2015, Fortune

“Obama’s Proposed 68% Death Tax Would Be Highest in World,” Robert Wood, Feb. 3, 2015, Forbes

“The Quest for Sustainable Corn in Iowa,” June 12, 2014, National Geographic



“Collecting Water: The Role of Women & Children”

“In Flint, Michigan, Overpriced Water Causing People’s Skin to Erupt in Rashes and Hair to Fall Out,” Curt Guyette, July 16, 2015, The Nation

“Obama Declares State of Emergency Over Flint’s Contaminated Water,” Camila Domonoske, January 16, 2016, National Public Radio

“Water Affordability Spotlighted on Capitol Hill,” Jessica L. Atcheson, February 27, 2015, UUSC



EPA Nitrates Summary

Incidence and geographical distribution of sudden infant death syndrome in relation to content of nitrate in drinking water and groundwater levels.

Nitrate Defined and Sources, Portage County Government, Wisconsin

“Indirect nitrous oxide emissions from streams within the US Corn Belt scale with stream order” (translation: we get a lot more nitrate pollution than we think), National Academy of Sciences

How Sprawl Affects Water Supply,

“How Much of the Earth is Covered in Water?” American Water Works Association

Water Resources, Water Quality, EPA

“Reducing Agriculture’s Nitrogen Footprint: Are New Policy Approaches Needed?” Marc Ribaudo, September 1, 2011, USDA

Family Farm Agricultural Census Date, USDA



“The Trouble with Iowa,” Richard Manning, February 2016, Harper’s

“The Flint Water Crisis, Explained,” Libby Nelson, February 15, 2016, VOX

“How Tap Water Became Toxic in Flint, Michigan,” Sara Ganim and Linh Tran, January 13, 2016, CNN Online

“4 Things Need to Happen to End California’s Drought,” Brian Clark Howard, January 7, 2016

Freshwater Crisis, National Georgraphic

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