Iowa Environmental Voice

As of Nov. 17, 2015, the Iowa Environmental Council's blog, now the Iowa Environmental Voice, is hosted here on the Iowa Environmental Council's website.

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  • Meet the 100% Iowa Team Growing Grassroots Clean Energy Support

    posted on Thursday, August 6, 2020 In late 2019, IEC launched 100% Iowa, a grassroots organizing effort. Meet the staff that make this exciting, engaging program a success.

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  • Creston Community Garden Grows Resiliency

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 This summer, hope, resiliency, and community are growing in Creston. The Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) was pleased to be a catalyst for the formation of the Creston Community Garden Wellness Initiative, which constructed Creston's first community garden earlier this summer.

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  • Pandemic Highlights the Perennial Importance of Parks

    posted on Friday, July 31, 2020 Both the DNR and Polk County Conservation Board have reported a tremendous increase in park attendance, including increased beach and water recreation use since COVID-19 hit Iowa. However, before you throw on your swimsuit and goggles, know the risks of swimming prior to hitting the beach.

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  • Party Crashers: Invasive Species and Iowa Waters

    posted by Ingrid Gronstal Anderson on Friday, July 24, 2020 Invasive species are not only harmful to Iowa's water and environment by upsetting the natural balance of an ecosystem, they are costly to remove. Iowa water recreation is being impacted, as is our infrastructure.

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  • Many Happy Returns: Iowa's Bottle Law

    posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020 Iowa's bottle and can redemption program is set to resume on July 25. As we prepare to return our stockpiles of recyclable goods, David Osterberg with IEC Organizational Member the Iowa Policy Project suggests solutions for our bottle bill that will make everyone a winner.

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  • Meet IEC's 2020 Interns

    posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 IEC is pleased to welcome three interns for summer 2020, assisting in the areas of water research, legal research, and communications.

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  • When is it worth building in a refuge?

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, July 10, 2020 In late May, the Iowa Utilities Board issued its final ruling approving construction of the Cardinal Hickory Creek electric transmission line in Iowa, which will cross the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Learn why this particular project will minimize disruption to the land and animals that live there, and why IEC chose to support it.

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  • Iowa State Parks at 100 Years: Backbone's Legacy

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Thursday, July 2, 2020 Iowa celebrates the 100th anniversary of the state parks system this year. Iowa has 72 state parks that span the breadth of our state's geological and biological diversity, but Backbone State Park is special because it was Iowa's first state park. IEC explores it's history and another more recent and troubling legacy.

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  • 2020 Legislative Session – Victories in Challenging Times

    posted by Angelisa Belden on Friday, June 26, 2020 Iowa's 2020 Legislative Session will go down in history as one filled with promise, but ultimately fraught with uncertainty, change, and strangely enough, status quo. There were also wins. IEC shares news on progress, losses, and bills on hold until next year.

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  • Water Recreation: Have Fun and Be Safe

    posted by Megan McDowell on Friday, June 19, 2020 Kayaking, canoeing, and tubing season in Iowa is in full swing. Whether you're new to any of these types of water recreation, or a seasoned pro, it's always important to brush up on safety guidelines every year.

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