Blog For Tag "nitrate pollution"

  • Meskwaki Nation Leads Creation of Iowa River Watershed Coalition

    posted by Guest Blogger on Friday, July 30, 2021 Iowa River Watershed Coalition President, Jarrett Pfrimmer, PhD, shares the coalition efforts led by the Meskwaki Department of Natural Resources to form the Iowa River Watershed Coalition in 2019. Read more about the stakeholders involved and the goals they have set out to achieve to protect the Iowa River watershed.

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  • Seeing What Lies Ahead for the Mississippi

    posted by Angelisa Belden on Thursday, July 15, 2021 Communications Director Angelisa Belden reflects on her family's visit to the headwaters of the Mississippi River, and what that visit reveals for the future of the Great River.

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  • A Century Farm Looking to the Future

    posted by Megan McDowell on Friday, June 4, 2021 IEC staff visited the Tesdell Century Farm in May to see about clean energy and land stewardship projects in action.

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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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  • Leveraging Local Leadership for Watershed Success

    posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Iowa sits at the crossroads of making decisions about the future of water resources management. CFRA believes that Iowa's quickest path to clean water and flood resiliency lies within each of our communities. Cody Smith with Center for Rural Affairs gives insight into their latest report, Iowa's Path to Clean Water and Flood Resilient Communities, and thoughts on how to put Iowa's communities in the driver's seat to meet the state's adopted goals.

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

    posted by Ingrid Gronstal 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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  • 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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