Blog For Tag "CAFOs"

  • Where's the Beef? Near Outstanding Iowa Waters.

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, June 4, 2021 Supreme Beef is in the watershed of Bloody Run Creek, a trout stream designated by the DNR as an Outstanding Iowa Water in a unique Iowa landscape. That unique topography means the manure produced by the facility will likely harm the creek, and will likely strip Bloody Run Creek of that special designation.

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  • When it comes to CAFOs, try, try again

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 A company seeking to site an 11,600-head cattle feedlot in northeast Iowa wasn't giving up on getting DNR approval. IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt reviews the timeline and how Supreme Beef and DNR found a way to make the massive feedlot happen.

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  • The Land Where CAFOs Reign Supreme

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, October 23, 2020 The Iowa DNR recently approved the nutrient management plan for a 2,700 cattle feedlot in NE Iowa. As neighbors and Iowans consider the impacts of this operation on fragile karst topography, IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt addresses questions, concerns, and suggestions for the future.

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  • Pandemic Highlights the Perennial Importance of Parks

    posted on Friday, July 31, 2020 Both the DNR and Polk County Conservation Board have reported a tremendous increase in park attendance, including increased beach and water recreation use since COVID-19 hit Iowa. However, before you throw on your swimsuit and goggles, know the risks of swimming prior to hitting the beach.

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  • Take Heed. It's Your Water AND Your Health

    posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 Northeast Iowa resident and IEC member Tim Wager write about the importance of preserving and protecting the unique and beautiful terrain of northeast Iowa.

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  • Council Works with Local Leaders to Protect Karst

    posted by on Monday, January 30, 2017 The Council is working with local leaders in northeast Iowa to find ways to protect uniquely vulnerable karst areas from inappropriate siting of large animal feeding operations.

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  • Council Comments on Proposed Changes to CAFO Rules

    posted on Friday, May 27, 2016 Proposed changes that are part of a five-year update to the state's Animal Feeding Operation regulations could allow more ag-related pollution in Iowa's waters the Iowa Environmental Council warned at a public meeting on Monday.

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