Recent Blogs - 2019

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.

Past blog posts may be viewed at https://iaenvironment.wordpress.com/

  • Ag Drainage Connects Us All

    posted by Ingrid Gronstal Anderson on Thursday, May 16, 2019 The influence of agricultural practices on drinking water quality continues to be of paramount concern for Iowa's environmental and public health. Over the last few years, much has been made of the urban/rural divide and industrial/municipal versus agricultural contributions to nutrient loading in our waterways.

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  • Des Moines Considers Energy & Water ‘Benchmarking' Ordinance

    posted by Jordan Oster on Thursday, May 2, 2019 As part of its emissions reduction goal, Des Moines could soon join a growing number of major U.S. cities to develop a ‘benchmarking' ordinance. Under the Building Performance Policy, the city's largest buildings would track and annually report data about their energy and water consumption.

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  • Advancing the Work of Des Moines Water Works and Bill Stowe

    posted by Jennifer Terry on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Several weeks ago, our community learned of the terminal diagnosis of Bill Stowe, the CEO of Des Moines Water Works and a fearless champion of water quality issues. I had the privilege of working alongside Bill at Des Moines Water Works for a couple of years, as the lawsuit against northern Iowa drainage districts rolled through the legal system. I learned that the water quality policy space in Iowa is no place for the faint of heart.

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  • Farmland Ownership and Wind Energy

    posted by on Friday, February 15, 2019 With a few searches online, it is easy to get a taste of the contentious issue of wind turbines. But in recent years, wind energy has become the lowest cost source of new electricity – even without tax incentives. And the additional income source from wind easements can be significant for landowners. Where is the divide?

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