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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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  • 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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  • The Case for Iowa's Lakes

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Friday, September 6, 2019 It's time to put our money where our mouths – and our boats, fishing poles, and splash pads – are. Mandatory conservation practices to reduce pollution at the source, adequate funding for water quality monitoring and enforcement by the DNR, and significant progress with the Nutrient Reduction Strategy are just a few of the measures we are calling for to clean up and preserve Iowa's waters

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  • Protecting Our Vulnerable Loved Ones from Toxic Algae

    posted by Ingrid Gronstal Anderson 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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  • 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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  • Iowa Sets New State Record for Blue-Green Algae Advisories

    posted on Friday, September 2, 2016 A record-breaking number of beach advisories were posted at Iowa State Park beaches this summer due to high levels of microcystin, a toxin produced by some forms of blue-green algae blooms that make the water unsafe for swimming. This is the second year in a row the record has been broken.

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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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