Blog For Tag "phosphorus pollution"

  • 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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  • 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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  • Protecting Our Vulnerable Loved Ones from Toxic Algae

    posted by Ingrid Gronstal on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 As a water quality professional, I know all too well the risks that harmful algae blooms carry for those of us just trying to cool off and enjoy ourselves at the lake. For our pets and our children, those risks can be particularly high.

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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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  • 5 Victories to be proud of in 2016

    posted by on Monday, December 19, 2016 IEC, its members and partners have a lot to be proud of when looking back on 2016. Here are a few victories in particular to take note of as this year draws to a close.

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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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  • Voluntary Actions Prove Ineffective for Mississippi River Pollution Reduction

    posted by on Friday, November 18, 2016 Environmental Coalition Calls on EPA to Step Up Efforts to Reduce Nitrogen & Phosphorus Pollution in Mississippi River

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  • Annual Dead Zone Measurement Cancelled for First Time in 26 years

    posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced it has cancelled the annual measurement of the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in 26 years.

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  • First Toxic Algae Blooms of the Summer

    posted on Friday, July 1, 2016 Summer is in full swing and many Iowans are heading to their local state park beaches to swim and go boating. However, last week two of Iowa's state park beaches received this summer's first swimming advisories for high levels of microcystin, a toxin produced by some forms of blue-green algae, and three more new warnings were posted yesterday.

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  • 2016 Legislative Priorities

    posted on Monday, January 11, 2016 Our 2016 legislative priorities represent what we firmly believe to be significant opportunities this session to advance policies that make Iowa a better place the live, work and explore.

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