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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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  • 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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  • Reflections on serving as a member of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Visioning Task Force

    posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 The Visioning Task Force for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture (LCSA or the Leopold Center) is in the process of wrapping up its work and passing along recommendations to Iowa State University and the LCSA Board, after listening to Iowans around the state at a series of meetings that took place from August through January.

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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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  • Environmental Issues Represented at the Women's March

    posted by on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Environmental issues represented at Women's March

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  • Announcing Our 2017 Legislative Priorities

    posted by Kerri Johannsen on Friday, December 16, 2016 We are excited to announce the legislative priorities we have developed in partnership with our members, our member organizations and our board for the 2017 legislative session. With your help, we can make Iowa a safer, healthier and more beautiful state!

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  • A Farmer's View on Caring for Our Water

    posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 By IEC Guest Blogger, John Gilbert. John farms with family members near Iowa Falls. John is a long-time member of Iowa Farmers Union, the Southfork Watershed Alliance Practical Farmers of Iowa, and the Iowa Environmental Council. A version of John's commentary was published in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 18, 2016.

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  • Blank Park Zoo Monarch Festival

    posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Plant.Grow.Fly. its partners and the Latino Heritage Festival are pleased to announce the 2016 Monarch Festival. The Festival, to be held at Blank Park Zoo on Sunday, September 18 from 12-4 p.m. will be a celebration of the monarch's journey from Canada, through Iowa, to Mexico.

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  • Watershed Wednesday: Council Speaks Up for Mississippi River at Annual Gulf Hypoxia Task Force Meeting

    posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 When the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force met in St. Louis April 25-26, the Iowa Environmental Council was there to advocate for clean water interests in Iowa and beyond.

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  • 2016 Legislative Takeaways

    posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 The Iowa Legislature adjourned for the year early Friday evening after a series of last-minute negotiations. While we were pleased to see increased awareness and recognition of the need to significantly expand support for Iowa's water, land and continued clean energy growth this session, we are frustrated by the Legislature's ultimate lack of meaningful action.

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