Blog For Tag "water quality"

  • Stormwater Best Management Practices

    posted by Guest Blogger on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 Isaac Svoboda and Derek Namanny of the City of Des Moines' Public Works Clean Water Program share information about how and where to apply for the Stormwater Best Management Practices Rebate Program, with tips and ideas even if you don't reside in Des Moines.

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  • 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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  • Where's the Beef? Near Outstanding Iowa Waters.

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, June 4, 2021 Supreme Beef is in the watershed of Bloody Run Creek, a trout stream designated by the DNR as an Outstanding Iowa Water in a unique Iowa landscape. That unique topography means the manure produced by the facility will likely harm the creek, and will likely strip Bloody Run Creek of that special designation.

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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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  • If Placemaking is a Priority for Iowa, It's Time to Fund the Trust

    posted by Alicia Vasto on Thursday, March 4, 2021 Last month, the Governor's Economic Recovery Advisory Board released their recommendations for how the state should address challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Alicia Vasto shares how their goals for placemaking and improved water quality in Iowa means it's time to fund the trust.

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  • Local Leadership on Climate Change and the Promise of Bioretention

    posted on Monday, February 1, 2021 Drake Law School student Bradley Adams shares his policy brief created in partnership with IEC as part of the Environmental Law and Policy Hack Competition. His brief advocates for bioretention practices in cities like Cedar Rapids, which have been hard hit by climate change, and how local leadership is more important than ever.

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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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