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  • Small Business Owners Support EPA Water Rule
    July 24 2014
    The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to regulate…
  • Big Victory for Iowa and Clean Water
    July 11 2014
    The Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Iowa…
  • Restore the Clean Water Act: Take Action to Prevent Water Pollution, Reduce Flooding and Protect Habitat
    July 2 2014
    Which waters are most worth protecting? The answer is fundamental…
  • Howard Learner Earth Day Op-Ed in Register - Clean Up Iowa's Lakes and Rivers
    April 22 2014
    On this Earth Day, let’s celebrate how Iowa is becoming a…
  • The Register's Editorial: New regulations needed to deal with nation's water
    February 6 2014
    Iowa has filthy water. This state ranks among the worst in the…
  • Lakes Are A Fundamental Part of the Iowa Experience
    February 1 2014
    Guest Opinion: Protecting lakes protects economy   …

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Fall is Perfect Time to Paddle on Iowa's Water Trails
Posted Sep 22, 2014

Iowa gets notice for bike trails, but the state now has 916 miles of designated water trails with an additional 950 miles under consideration. This is no minor luxury. Over the past nine years, the state's Department of Natural Resources has constructed river access ramps and erected signs, created maps and brochures with mileage and information on hazards and history on 21 river and lake segments — with more to come in the future. Read More
Quad-City Times Commentary: Iowa Should Invest in Water Quality
Posted Sep 22, 2014

Farmers are “stewards of the land”. Most Iowans have heard this expression growing up—the notion that farmers responsibly care for the land in order to leave it better than they found it for future generations. These are the true environmentalists, and there are still Iowa farmers who fit the stewardship image. Many Iowa farmers have been practicing good stewardship on their land for decades—sometimes with, sometimes without government incentives. They use their own... Read More »
Des Moines Register: Iowa water assessment criticized
Posted Sep 08, 2014

A new report says Iowa and other Midwestern states need to better monitor and assess efforts to reduce nutrient pollution that contributes to the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone. Twelve states have been charged with reducing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus that contribute to the hypoxic zone in the Gulf — an area roughly the size of Connecticut that cannot support aquatic life during parts of the summer. The inspector general for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said few... Read More »
Iowa City Press-Citizen: Iowa farm groups to support water quality alliance
Posted Aug 25, 2014

Three Iowa farm groups launched a new group Monday charged with accelerating the pace and scale of water-quality improvements across the state. Still, some environmental leaders expressed doubt the approach would be strong enough. “It looks like a step ahead, but it could be a baby step compared to the bold action that’s needed to improve Iowa’s water quality,” said Craig Cox, a senior vice president at the Environmental Working Group. The Iowa corn growers, soybean... Read More »
Iowa Senator: Urgent Action Needed to Save Environment
Posted Aug 22, 2014

The question asked Thursday during a conversation with Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg was, “Is America ready for climate action?” If it’s not, it should be, was the answer. The need is urgent, Senator Hogg said. Act now. Speak up, get involved. Make a change, make a difference. The University of Toledo hosted the climate-change session, attended by about 20 people. Senator Hogg also has speaking engagements in the coming days in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and... Read More »

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