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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.

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  • DNR and EPA Revising Implementation of Clean Water Act Section 401

    posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 IEC submitted comments expressing concern that the combination of the new EPA rule and proposed DNR changes would reduce protections for Iowa's waters, allowing a thousand cuts that would further harm Iowa's few remaining wetlands and resulting in poorer water quality.

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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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  • 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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  • Iowa State Parks at 100 Years: Backbone's Legacy

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Thursday, July 2, 2020 Iowa celebrates the 100th anniversary of the state parks system this year. Iowa has 72 state parks that span the breadth of our state's geological and biological diversity, but Backbone State Park is special because it was Iowa's first state park. IEC explores it's history and another more recent and troubling legacy.

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  • It's a Wonderful Life - IEC Style

    posted by Jennifer Terry on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 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.

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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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  • IEC: Let's improve the Invest in Iowa Act to benefit Iowa's natural resources and outdoor recreation

    posted by Ingrid Gronstal Anderson on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 With their votes in 2010, Iowans made it clear that they support a sales tax increase for a permanent, protected funding source to improve water quality, enhance outdoor recreation opportunities, preserve our natural areas, and support Iowa communities. This year's proposal to fund the Trust is exciting, but we've identified several areas for improvement.

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  • Watershed Success: A Look at Dry Run Creek

    posted on Monday, February 24, 2020 As the watershed coordinator for Dry Run Creek in Black Hawk County, the Natural Resource Conservation Service's motto of “helping people, help the land” comes to mind just about every day. There are wonderful folks all over our state, and especially here in the Dry Run Creek watershed, who want to see their land preserved and communities improved for generations to come.

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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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