Blog For Tag "clean water"

  • Walnut Creek Bio Blitz: Shining Light on Iowa's Water Systems

    posted by Guest Blogger on Thursday, August 4, 2022 Polk County Conservation conducts water quality testing to monitor the status of rivers and streams across the county. Volunteers are key to accomplishing this effort. Summer Communications Intern McCade Gowdy shares his experience participating in testing Walnut Creek in Des Moines.

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  • Staying together and sticking it out for stream monitoring in Story County

    posted by Guest Blogger on Friday, July 22, 2022 Despite budget cuts to the Iowa DNR's long-running citizen science program, several groups in Story County stepped forward to ensure that volunteer stream monitoring continued in their area. Overcoming difficulties and obstacles has been hard, yet rewarding for Dan Haug of Prairie Rivers of Iowa. He shares the learning experiences, and fun, he's had along the way during his water quality monitoring program experience.

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  • The value of getting local: What outreach can mean to a community

    posted by Guest Blogger on Friday, July 15, 2022 Journalist Tom Cullen of the Storm Lake Times attended IEC's Storm Lake Lakeshore Party on Saturday, July 9. He shared his observations of the event, noting the importance the lake has to the economy in the town, and writes about the impact of an organization like IEC visiting the City of Storm Lake for the first time.

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  • Reviving and reimagining Service Squad river cleanups

    posted by Guest Blogger on Thursday, July 7, 2022 Iowa Rivers Revival relaunched their Service Squad program to help coordinate river cleanups around the state. These cleanups not only demonstrate the success of partnerships bringing together people, businesses, and organizations united for a common cause, but they also remind us how valuable rivers are to Iowans.

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  • How one person's passion can inspire others to advocacy and action

    posted by Megan McDowell on Friday, July 1, 2022 IEC Communications Coordinator Megan McDowell shares her thoughts after attending the Living Lands & Waters Barge Party in the Quad Cities. LL&W celebrated 25 years of cleaning up the water and land. It was a time to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and passion for a mission that has expanded from the shores of Iowa to waterways around the globe.

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  • What nitrogen monitoring can teach us about managing pesticides

    posted by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 Iowa has a robust plan for monitoring nitrogen. But what about other ag inputs that affect our water? In this guest blog post, Audrey Tran Lam with the Center for Energy and the Environment at UNI shares what Iowa's robust nitrogen monitoring can teach us about managing pesticides.

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  • Honoring Vision with Action on MLK Day

    posted by Guest Blogger on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 On Monday, January 17, Central College students, staff, and faculty celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with education and service. One of the seminars focused on environmental justice: how do environmental inequities across the globe affect our lives, even in the small community of Pella? How can we make an difference on environmental issues impacting the most vulnerable?

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  • An Individual Duty to Protect Water

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 In 1987, the Iowa legislature passed the Iowa Groundwater Protection Act. IEC suggests it is time to create an Iowa Surface Water Protection Act as part of the efforts to advance the Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

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  • Community Power to Address Climate Change in Iowa City

    posted by Raihan Amir Rashidi on Monday, October 4, 2021 IEC staffers Raihan Rashidi and Ingrid Gronstal reflect on their participation in the Iowa City Climate Fest and how important community is in addressing climate change goals.

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  • Homegoing and the Blue Water Fest

    posted by Ingrid Gronstal on Friday, August 20, 2021 Water Program Director, Ingrid Gronstal, reflects on her panel appearance at the Okoboji Blue Water Fest and what clean water and outdoor recreation opportunities mean to the Iowa Great Lakes, its visitors, residents, and Iowans around the state.

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