Blog For Tag "Public Health"

  • Greening Your Lawn with Good Neighbor Iowa

    posted by Guest Blogger on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 In this guest post from our friends at Good Neighbor Iowa, they discuss the wonderful things spring in Iowa brings: flowers, outdoor activities, and bees and butterflies. However, spring brings something else as well - the pursuit for the perfect, well-manicured lawn. Learn alternative ways to manage your favorite green space this year.

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  • Adding up the 2020 Beach Season

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Friday, September 11, 2020 As summer draws to a close, we're looking back at Weekly Water Watch 2020. Even with weeks full of unbelievable news, Iowa's waters still saw toxic algae blooms, E. coli contamination, drought, and high beach visitation across the state this year.

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  • When is it safe to get in the water?

    posted by Angelisa Belden on Friday, August 21, 2020 I spent a significant amount of money for a weekend getaway at an Iowa lake. Imagine my disappointment to find the water covered in green algae on day 2. Was it safe to swim? Who knows? Will I go back? That remains to be seen - and that's a danger for the local economy.

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  • Water Recreation: Have Fun and Be Safe

    posted by Megan McDowell on Friday, June 19, 2020 Kayaking, canoeing, and tubing season in Iowa is in full swing. Whether you're new to any of these types of water recreation, or a seasoned pro, it's always important to brush up on safety guidelines every year.

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  • Behind the Eight Ball

    posted by Steve Guyer on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 The challenging circumstances posed by Covid-19 are certainly not easy to resolve, but it can be done. The same holds true for climate change.

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  • Water Utilities Take Steps to Protect Iowans

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Iowa's regulators and utilities are taking steps to protect Iowans during the pandemic by implementing emergency policies.

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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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  • IEC Releases Report Raising Health Concerns About Nitrate in Drinking Water

    posted by on Thursday, September 29, 2016 On Thursday, September 29, the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) released a new report, “Nitrate in Drinking Water: A Public Health Concern for All Iowans,” an overview of research conducted in Iowa, the U.S. and abroad that indicates the health risks associated with nitrate in drinking water may go beyond blue-baby syndrome.

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  • Iowa Sets New State Record for Blue-Green Algae Advisories

    posted on Friday, September 2, 2016 A record-breaking number of beach advisories were posted at Iowa State Park beaches this summer due to high levels of microcystin, a toxin produced by some forms of blue-green algae blooms that make the water unsafe for swimming. This is the second year in a row the record has been broken.

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