Jennifer served as Executive Director of the Iowa Environmental Council from 2017 - 2020. Jennifer is a native Iowan, raised on a dairy farm in north central Iowa where she developed a passion for protecting Iowa’s land and water. After a career in the healthcare industry, Jennifer returned to college, graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2013 and was admitted to the Iowa State Bar. Jennifer previously worked as an environmental advocacy leader at Des Moines Water Works, where she focused on building coalitions in the Raccoon River Watershed and advocating for policy that reduces agricultural pollution.
As we say good-bye, good luck, and thank you to outgoing Executive Director Jennifer Terry, she reminices on her time at the Council and her hopes for the next 25 years for IEC.
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.
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.
Creating a recreational destination on Iowa's waterways is a feasible opportunity everyone should welcome. Read the opinion piece supporting the development of recreational water trails in the Greater Des Moines region, published in the Des Moines Register on June 14th. The piece was co-authored by Rick Tollakson, CEO and President of Hubbell Realty, and IEC Executive Director Jennifer Terry.
A new report, “The Economic Benefits of Nitrogen Reductions,” by economists with the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University makes the case that reducing nutrient pollution would have economic benefits all across Iowa.
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