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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/

  • Implementation of Des Moines Benchmarking Ordinance Begins

    posted by Steve Guyer on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 The City of Des Moines has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 28% citywide by year 2025. As part of its emissions reduction goal, Des Moines joined a growing number of major U.S. cities in passing an Energy and Water Use Benchmarking Ordinance in 2019. The city is now providing more information as implementation gets underway.

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  • IEC is turning 25 - and celebrating with a new look!

    posted on Friday, January 10, 2020 Welcome to 2020 and IEC's 25th Anniversary year! IEC has plans for a number of events this year to celebrate and acknowledge the people and their work who have gotten us to where we are today and to those who are leading us into the next 25 years.

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  • Kevin Griggs: Why I Chose IEC

    posted on Friday, December 13, 2019 Newly elected IEC board member Kevin Griggs shares his reasons for providing leadership to the Council and his visions for Iowa's future.

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  • Iowa water quality raises concern in the Drake community

    posted on Monday, November 4, 2019 Drake University recently announced it earned a Bronze STARS rating demonstrating Drake's commitment to environmental sustainability. According to the announcement on Drake's website, Drake, just like the rest of Iowa, needs to make water management and nutrient reduction an important goal, says Megan McDowell in this guest blog post.

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  • Preparing for the 2020 Legislative Session

    posted by Angelisa Belden on Friday, November 1, 2019 The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping- even snow is falling in Iowa! Here at IEC, that means we're turning our attention to the Capitol in preparation for the next legislative session.

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  • A Look Inside the Alliant Rate Case Hearing

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, October 11, 2019 The Iowa Utilities Board just wrapped up a three-day hearing on the proposed changes to electric rates for Alliant Energy's Iowa affiliate, Interstate Power & Light. Alliant filed a request in March to increase its rates by $203.6 million per year. Because the regulatory process can be difficult to track, we're providing a look into what happened.

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  • Cover Crops: The Answer to Our Water (and Farming) Woes

    posted on Friday, October 4, 2019 A recent analysis by the Iowa Environmental Council showed that implementation rates of voluntary conservation practices set forth in the 2013 Nutrient Reduction Strategy are slowing. Under current time modeling, the IEC analysis shows it would take hundreds of years or more before we achieve the necessary goals. It is time for all farmland owners to do more and do it quickly.

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  • The Basics of Opinion Writing

    posted by Angelisa Belden on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Submitting op-eds or LTEs is an effective tool for addressing climate, water, and energy issues. Learn some simple tips to help you prepare and submit a piece for publication.

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  • The Case for Iowa's Lakes

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Friday, September 6, 2019 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

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  • The Clean Water Act and the Agricultural Exemption

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Friday, August 30, 2019 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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