Recent Blogs - 2022

  • Getting a Dose of Vitamin "N" - Nature

    posted by Guest Blogger on Thursday, August 25, 2022 Polk County Conservation staffer Lindsay Page takes us on a trip down the Des Moines River with other area residents on a paddling adventure.

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  • Inspirational and Immersive Learning at Lakeside Lab

    posted by Guest Blogger on Friday, August 12, 2022 Alena Gamble shares her experiences as a student at Lakeside Lab in Okoboji this summer, collaborating with professors, students, and even artists during her stay.

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  • Walnut Creek Bio Blitz: Shining Light on Iowa's Water Systems

    posted by Guest Blogger on Thursday, August 4, 2022 Polk County Conservation conducts water quality testing to monitor the status of rivers and streams across the county. Volunteers are key to accomplishing this effort. Summer Communications Intern McCade Gowdy shares his experience participating in testing Walnut Creek in Des Moines.

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  • Tire Trash Treasure Phenomenon

    posted by Guest Blogger on Friday, July 29, 2022 This year, Iowa Project AWARE covered the West Fork of the Des Moines River for its annual volunteer clean up event July 10th through the 15th. An average of 200 volunteers paddled the river and hauled out trash for just over four days. Guest blogger, and Trash Warrior, Laura Semken documented the event and shares her daily account of the clean up. She shares the smiling faces and power of people coming together united in a purpose to help clean up Iowa's environment.

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  • Staying together and sticking it out for stream monitoring in Story County

    posted by Guest Blogger on Friday, July 22, 2022 Despite budget cuts to the Iowa DNR's long-running citizen science program, several groups in Story County stepped forward to ensure that volunteer stream monitoring continued in their area. Overcoming difficulties and obstacles has been hard, yet rewarding for Dan Haug of Prairie Rivers of Iowa. He shares the learning experiences, and fun, he's had along the way during his water quality monitoring program experience.

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  • Growing the next generation of environmental stewards at The Central Gardens of North Iowa

    posted by Guest Blogger on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 The Central Gardens of North Iowa is a magical place for kids and families. The Central Gardens is a member of the Iowa Gives Green coalition and guest blogger Jennifer Merfeld, a volunteer at the Gardens, shares the local impact the Gardens has on the community of Clear Lake, Iowa, and hopefully future generations of children who will come to have a sense of responsibility for the environment around them.

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  • The value of getting local: What outreach can mean to a community

    posted by Guest Blogger on Friday, July 15, 2022 Journalist Tom Cullen of the Storm Lake Times attended IEC's Storm Lake Lakeshore Party on Saturday, July 9. He shared his observations of the event, noting the importance the lake has to the economy in the town, and writes about the impact of an organization like IEC visiting the City of Storm Lake for the first time.

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  • DSM Cooperation Statement: What's promised and what's missing?

    posted by Matt Ohloff on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 The Des Moines City Council has finalized its latest franchise agreements, set to expire in 2035. The lengthy agreement with no out clause was a disappointment for many climate advocates, including IEC, but Clean Communities Manager Matt Ohloff outlines a new “side agreement” that helps to address some concerns.

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  • Reviving and reimagining Service Squad river cleanups

    posted by Guest Blogger on Thursday, July 7, 2022 Iowa Rivers Revival relaunched their Service Squad program to help coordinate river cleanups around the state. These cleanups not only demonstrate the success of partnerships bringing together people, businesses, and organizations united for a common cause, but they also remind us how valuable rivers are to Iowans.

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  • Meet the 2022 IEC summer interns

    posted by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 IEC is excited to host three interns assisting with legal research and communications for the summer of 2022. Learn more about Tamia, Morgan and McCade.

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