Alicia Vasto

WATER POLICY AND ADVOCACY SPECIALIST

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 206

Email: vasto@iaenvironment.org

Alicia joined the Council in 2019. She grew up in Adel, Iowa. She previously worked as the director of the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition, where she supported environmental educators and advanced environmental literacy. Alicia holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University with a focus on land conservation and management, and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, travel, and yoga.

Blog posts by this Author:

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

    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.

  • Reflections on Earth Day in a Pandemic

    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.

  • Water Utilities Take Steps to Protect Iowans

    Iowa's regulators and utilities are taking steps to protect Iowans during the pandemic by implementing emergency policies.

  • The Case for Iowa's Lakes

    It's time to put our money where our mouths – and our boats, fishing poles, and splash pads – are. Mandatory conservation practices to reduce pollution at the source, adequate funding for water quality monitoring and enforcement by the DNR, and significant progress with the Nutrient Reduction Strategy are just a few of the measures we are calling for to clean up and preserve Iowa's waters

  • The Clean Water Act and the Agricultural Exemption

    Any conversation about water quality in Iowa inevitably boils down to the fact that the largest industry in Iowa – agriculture – is not subject to most water quality regulations. Why is that? What is unique about the agriculture industry?

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