Recent Blogs - 2020

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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  • 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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  • Why Cardinal Hickory Creek Will Make Energy More Affordable

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, June 5, 2020 The Iowa Utilities Board issued their final ruling approving construction of the Cardinal Hickory Creek transmission line in Iowa, which will facilitate growth of renewable energy. Michael Schmidt with IEC takes a deeper dive into how this new transmission line enables development and keeps energy costs low.

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  • Collective Action Has Power

    posted by Raihan Amir Rashidi on Friday, May 29, 2020 Like a number of other organizations, we at 100% Iowa, a program of the Iowa Environmental Council, have been transitioning our clean energy work to the digital space. In April, we organized the online Renewable Readers: A Virtual Book Club Event, and the lessons learned remain important any day of the year.

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  • Behind the Eight Ball

    posted by Steve Guyer on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 The challenging circumstances posed by Covid-19 are certainly not easy to resolve, but it can be done. The same holds true for climate change.

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  • It's a Wonderful Life - IEC Style

    posted by Jennifer Terry on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 A friend asked the other day “Have you ever thought about what it would happen if IEC went away? What wouldn't be protected if there were no IEC?” On Giving Tuesday Now, Executive Director Jennifer Terry reflects on this idea.

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  • Reflections on Earth Day in a Pandemic

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Today marks 50 years since the first Earth Day celebration, and the need for environmental protection is just as serious as it was 50 years ago.

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  • Earth Week 2020 - What You Can Do From Home

    posted by Angelisa Belden on Monday, April 20, 2020 IEC has gathered a number of resources and ideas that you can do throughout the week, or on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, to make a difference in your corner of the planet. If we each do our part, together that adds up to a big impact.

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