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Halloween Eco-horrors PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Environment & Weather
Written by Heather Shelby   
Thursday, 31 October 2013 07:56
Something wicked this way comes...

Four somethings, to be exact. In honor of the year's spookiest holiday, we've pulled together a collection of Halloween Horrors! Which one do you think YOUR friends will find the most frightening?

Take your pick, and share the scare!

All year long, we fight against the world's true terrors—everything from the climate pollution filling our air to the toxic chemicals filling our homes.

What better time than Halloween to howl about the eco-horrors we face every day?

Pick your favorite Halloween Horror, and don't forget to Share the Scare!

News Releases - Environment & Weather
Written by Brandy Welvaert   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:02

DAVENPORT—Residents and businesses downtown soon will have a new, convenient place to drop off items for recycling.

Centennial Park Drop-Off Recycling Center at 202 S. Marquette St.—located just west of Centennial Park and adjacent to the Dog Off Leash Area—will open at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, with an official Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony. The media is invited to attend.

“Centennial Park Drop-Off Recycling Center will serve a need in the downtown community for convenient recycling. When recycling is made easier, we know that people recycle more. Of course we always want to see more recycling in our community—not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it extends the life of the landfill,” said Kathy Morris, director of Waste Commission of Scott County (Commission).

The new drop-off center—the result of collaborative efforts between the Commission and City of Davenport—will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Acceptable materials for recycling will include corrugated cardboard, mixed paper (including chipboard, such as cereal boxes), and containers (#1 and #2 plastics, metal cans, and glass food containers). Detailed recycling information may be found on the Commission’s Website, www.wastecom.com.

Waste Commission of Scott County is an intergovernmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management for Scott County. For more information about the Commission, call (563) 381-1300 or visit www.wastecom.com.

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Twenty-Two Iowa Communities Benefit from $34.7 Million in Low-Interest State Revolving Fund Loans for Water Quality Initiatives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Jared   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:05

Communities of Anamosa, Anita, Blairsburg, Bonaparte, Callender, Cascade, Clarion, Clinton, Colfax, Dakota City, Fairfield, Grimes, Hancock, Keokuk, Lowden, Massena, Mingo, Mount Ayr, New Hartford, Shenandoah Sioux City and Wapello to move water quality projects forward

Des Moines – The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources today announced that twenty-two Iowa communities will benefit from a combined total of more than $34.7 million in low-cost water quality loans through the State Revolving Fund. State Revolving Fund Construction Loans are a low-cost construction financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for water quality initiatives. Planning & Design Loans are zero percent loans that assist with the first-phase of project expenses.

“The Iowa Finance Authority is proud to work in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to administer the State Revolving Fund,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison. “Together we have assisted more than 500 Iowa communities to bridge the gap between needed infrastructure improvements and affordable financing.  The revolving aspect of this fund means we can look forward to helping many more communities reach their water quality goals.”

“Large and small and rural and urban communities all across Iowa face a large variety of water quality needs,” said Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp. “Hundreds of Iowa communities have utilized the State Revolving Fund for low-cost financing to help them address those unique needs.”

The State Revolving Fund has awarded Iowa communities and municipalities more than $2.1 billion in Construction Loans and $125 million through Planning & Design Loans since program inception. The loans are made available as part of the State Revolving Fund. For more information on Planning & Design Loans, as well as other State Revolving Fund programs, visit IowaSRF.com.

The Iowa Legislature created the Iowa Finance Authority, the state’s housing finance agency, in 1975 to undertake programs to assist in the attainment of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income Iowans. IFA also administers the State Revolving Fund (SRF) in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The SRF assists communities with the costs of upgrading or constructing local wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects.

Recent Loan Recipients:

Loan Recipient



Project Type



New Hartford



Drinking Water Construction

Water Meter Replacement

Shawna Hagen: 319-983-2548




Clean Water Construction

Infiltration & Inflow Corrections

Lindsay Jahde: 712-762-3746

Anita Municipal Utilities



Planning & Design

Planning & Design

Merlin Scarf: 712-762-3845




Clean Water Construction

Infiltration & Inflow Corrections

Meradith Lung: 712-779-2295




Planning & Design

Planning & Design

Peggy Kedley: 563-941-7705




Clean Water Construction

Pump Station

Jessica Kinser: 563-242-7545




Drinking Water Construction

New Well

Kelley Brown: 515-986-3036




Planning & Design

Planning & Design

Tim Long: 563-852-3114


Fremont, Page


Drinking Water Construction

New Treatment Plant & Water Main

Mary Smith: 712-246-4411




Clean Water Construction

Infiltration & Inflow Corrections

Patricia Jacobson: 515-325-6244

Dakota City



Clean Water Construction

Infiltration & Inflow Corrections

Angelique Berry: 515-332-3083




Clean Water Construction

Treatment & I/I Improvements

Kathy Mathews: 515-674-4096




Clean Water Construction

Infiltration & Inflow Corrections

Sondra Kenney: 641-363-4441




Planning & Design

Planning & Design

Kevin Flanagan: 641-472-6193




Drinking Water Construction

Storage & Water Mains

Alan Johnson: 319-462-6055




Planning & Design

Planning & Design

Mark Bousselot: 319-524-2050




Clean Water Construction

Infiltration & Inflow Corrections

Mike Delzell: 319-523-4091




Planning & Design

Planning & Design

Kimberly Gress: 712-741-5665

Mount Ayr



Drinking Water Construction

Rural Water Connection

Pamella Poore: 641-464-2402


Van Buren


Drinking Water Construction

Water Mains

Nancy Nelson: 319-592-3400




Clean Water Construction

Infiltration & Inflow Corrections

Denita Lee-Luke: 515-548-3859

Sioux City



Drinking Water Construction

UV Treatment

Jade Dundas: 712-279-6957




Planning & Design

Planning & Design

Rochelle Pohlman: 515-532-2847

CLEANWATERIOWA.ORG: New site launched to help Iowans protect water quality PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Environment & Weather
Written by Tim Albrecht   
Monday, 28 October 2013 14:18

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds joined Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp today for the launch of www.CleanWaterIowa.org, a new website that will serve as a resource to help Iowans protect and improve water quality.

“Iowans can take steps to help improve Iowa’s water quality and this site serves as a one-stop-shop for conservation practices we can all use, whether it is on the farm, at a business or by a homeowner,” said Branstad.

The site has “Farm,” “Residential & Urban,” and “City & Industry” sections that provide information about science-based practices that can be implemented to improve water quality. The site includes descriptions of water quality practices that can be utilized, benefits of the practices, and links to additional information.

“This site is one of the resources available to help Iowans achieve the goals outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy,” said Reynolds. “Working together and everyone doing their part will help us continue to make significant water quality improvements.”

Success stories, information on upcoming events and education materials will also be available on the site. Iowans are also invited to share their water quality success stories as well.

“It is an exciting time and we are seeing a tremendous amount of interest in water quality practices from Iowans across the state,” said Northey. “Farmers are engaged and we are in a scaling up phase as we get these science-based practices on more and more acres.”

In addition to the website, Iowans can follow @CleanWaterIowa on Twitter or “like” the page on Facebook to receive updates and other information about the ongoing Iowa water quality initiative.

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Bob Miller of Alma, WI Elected Pilot/CEO of National Mississippi River Parkway Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kate Hagen   
Friday, 25 October 2013 08:25

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (October 24, 2013) – Bob Miller was elected Pilot/CEO of the National Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) at their annual meeting in St. Louis, MO September 18-20, 2013.

Mr. Miller has served on the Executive Committee for the past three years. In the past Miller served as chair of the MRPC Environment, Recreation and Agriculture Committee and the Endowment Foundation Committee, and spent seven years as the Wisconsin Commissioner.

“It is an honor to have been selected to lead this great organization,” Miller said. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of it for many years and I’m excited to bring that experience to this new position.”

In addition to his dedication and contributions to the MRPC, members also chose Miller for his instrumental role in developing a 10-state agritourism promotion funded in part by a National Scenic Byway grant.

The Mississippi River Parkway Commission was formed in 1938, made up of the 10 states that parallel the Mississippi River on both sides, for the purpose of developing the Great River Road.

The MRPC continues to support, preserve and enhance the resources and economic opportunities of the Mississippi River Valley and to develop highways and amenities of the Great River Road. The road stretches nearly 3,000 miles from the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information about the MRPC, log on to experiencemississippiriver.com or call (866) 763-8310.


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