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Governor Quinn Opens Largest Annual Water Quality Exhibition in North America PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Monday, 07 October 2013 15:01

Proclaims October as “Water’s Worth It” Month in Illinois

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by thousands of water professionals from around the world to officially open the 86th annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC®) at McCormick Place in Chicago. Governor Quinn is committed to protecting the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure and in recognition of the conference, he proclaimed October as “Water’s Worth It” Month in Illinois.

“Water is an essential and limited natural resource and Illinois is fortunate to have reliable access to clean water,” Governor Quinn said. “I encourage all Illinois residents to observe ‘Water’s Worth It’ month by recognizing the challenges involved in maintaining clean and safe water, and the need to maintain and modernize our water infrastructure. We are grateful to have dedicated water professionals and volunteers who work every day to ensure people have access to clean water."

Since its first meeting in Chicago in 1928, the conference has grown into the largest of its kind in North America. WEFTEC offers water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field; serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities; and promotes invaluable peer-to-peer networking between its 20,000 attendees. The 2013 conference runs from October 5-9.

Governor Quinn launched the $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative in his 2012 State of the State Address to help local governments facing a critical need to overhaul aging drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and distribution and collection systems. The Clean Water Initiative is funded with annual federal grants, funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and additional principal and interest from loan repayments. No new state tax dollars are used.

“Governor Quinn’s Clean Water Initiative is absolutely vital for growing our economy and protecting Illinois’ environment for this and future generations,” Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett said.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it is estimated the total water infrastructure needs in Illinois over the next 20 years total $32 billion, including $17 billion in wastewater projects (which is the 6th highest among the states) and $15 billion in drinking water projects (4th highest need in the nation).

To learn more about Governor Quinn’s Illinois Clean Water Initiative, visit CleanWater.Illinois.gov. To learn more about WEFTEC, visit weftec.org.

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Governor Quinn Urges Residents to Take Advantage of State’s Cooling Centers to Beat the Heat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:24

More Than 100 State Cooling Centers Open Across Illinois

CHICAGO – With record-breaking temperatures expected this week, Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s cooling centers. Governor Quinn today opened more than 100 cooling centers throughout Illinois to help those without air conditioning beat the heat.

“I urge everyone in Illinois to take the proper precautions to stay safe and cool today as temperatures approach record-breaking highs,” Governor Quinn said. “The state’s cooling centers offer a clean, safe place to stay during the hottest part of the day.”

The cooling centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS cooling centers are open to the public during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the IDHS cooling centers, the Illinois Tollway Oases in the Chicago area are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Public Health are encouraging Illinois residents to watch for signs of heat-related illnesses. These symptoms include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats.

To stay cool and avoid illness, people should increase their fluid intake but avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and sugar; decrease strenuous, outdoor physical activity; and remain in air-conditioning when possible.

The Illinois Department on Aging also encourages relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone. When temperatures and humidity are extremely high, seniors and people with chronic health conditions should be monitored for dehydration and other effects of extreme heat. Additionally, seniors should eat lighter meals, take longer and more frequent rests, and drink plenty of fluids.

To find a cooling center near you, call the IDHS hotline at (800) 843-6154 or visit keepcool.illinois.gov.

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Newsletter - National Weather Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sandra Stevens   
Friday, 16 August 2013 14:31
The Summer 2013 issue of the National Weather Service Quad Cities' newsletter is now available on our website at http://www.weather.gov/quadcities/?n=additional-links#newsletter . This link also contains all past issues of our newsletter.  There is also a temporary link under the Top News of the Day section on our main web page

 
Resolution Prohibiting the Importation of Firewood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott County Conservation Board   
Friday, 16 August 2013 13:16
Due to the recent identified infestations of Emerald Ash Borer found in Des Moines and Jefferson counties, the Scott County Conservation Board passed a resolution yesterday at its August 14lh board meeting prohibiting individuals from bringing firewood onto any Conservation Board property from any location outside of Scott County unless it meets the State of Iowa and USDA firewood labeling requirements.

A copy of the approved Resolution is attached. For additional information, please visit our website at: http://www.soottoountyiowa.com/conservation.

OUR MISSION: To improve the quality of life and promote and preserve the health, welfare and enjoyment for the citizens of Scott County and the general public by acquiring, developing, operating, and preserving the historical, educational, environmental, recreational and natural resources of the County.

RESOLUTION AMENDMENT

PROHIBITION OF IMPORTATION OF FIREWOOD FROM ALL LOCATIONS OUTSIDE OF SCOTT COUNTY

WHEREAS the movement of f`1rewood throughout Iowa and to/from other states poses the greatest threat to further the quick spread the Emerald Ash Borer and other damaging plant pests;

WHEREAS recently identìfled infestations in Des Moines and Jefferson Counties will lead to more quarantined counties in Iowa;

WHEREAS the Scott County Conservation Board endeavors to protect the natural resources of Scott County by ímpeding the movement of Invasive Species via the transportation of firewood, and;

WHEREAS effective January 2011, all ñrewood offered for sale, sold or distributed in Iowa must include the harvest location ofthe wood by county and state.

BE IT RESOLVED BY the Scott County Conservation Board of Scott County, Iowa to Amend the existing Firewood Importation Resolution, dated April 11, 2007 as follows:

l. To stem the spread of firewood borne pests, officials are asking Iowans to not move firewood and instead buy and bum locally.

2. That in accordance with State and Federal guidelines, the Conservation Board hereby prohibits the importation of firewood onto any properties under the jurisdiction of the Scott County Conservation Board from outside Scott County unless, it meets the State of Iowa and USDA firewood labeling requirements.

3. All unauthorized firewood may be removed and destroyed by agency staff, and violators may be cited under the authority of Chapter 350 ofthe Iowa Code.

THIS IS TO CERTIFY that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of a resolution duly and legally adopted by the Scott County Conservation Board of Scott County, Iowa at Richard Mohr, Chairman, Roger Kean, Executive Director

Any comments or questions may be directed to Roger A. Kean at (563) 328-3280, Scott County Conservation Board, 14910 - 110th Avenue, Davenport, Iowa 52804

Resolution No.: 13-01

 
VOLUNTEERS CLEAN UP 45,534 POUNDS OF MATERIAL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandy Welvaert   
Monday, 12 August 2013 07:05

QUAD CITIES—Volunteers for the tenth annual Xstream Cleanup on Saturday, August 10 removed approximately 45,534 pounds of debris from area waterways and illegal dump sites. Cleanups were held at 48 locations in Bettendorf, Buffalo, Davenport, LeClaire, McCausland and Lost Grove Lake, Iowa; and in Milan, Moline, Rock Island and Silvis, Illinois.

A total of 1,564 volunteers worked a total of 4,398 hours and collectively gathered 1,129 bags of trash, 288 tires, 15 appliances, nine bicycles, 16 pieces of furniture, 16 televisions and 14 mattresses. This was the equivalent of 36,700 pounds of trash, 6,912 pounds of tires, 1,125 pounds of appliances, 207 pounds of bicycles, 240 pounds of televisions and 350 pounds of mattresses for a grand total of 45,534 pounds. In addition, volunteers removed 35,180 pounds of material from Living Lands and Waters’ barge. The material was hand-sorted by volunteers, and 15,000 pounds were recycled.

Additional items found, not reflected in the pounds above, included steel and iron pipes, car parts (including bumpers), water skis, wooden pallets, picnic tables, chairs, tents, sleeping bags, a shopping cart, a bowling ball, a sink and a micro-SD card.

In addition, this year the following locations worked on invasive species removal and storm-drain marking:

  • Bettendorf: 134 storm drains marked to discourage illegal dumping
  • Davenport: 216 storm drains marked to discourage illegal dumping
  • Fairmount Cemetery in Davenport: 243 yards of invasive plants removed
  • Green Valley Nature Preserve in Moline: One ton truck full of brush removed
  • Nahant Marsh in Davenport: Eight trailers of woody invasive plants removed

Photos from the event may be viewed via www.xstreamcleanup.org.

Xstream Cleanup 2013 is sponsored by the following. Presenting Sponsors: Group O and Riverboat Development Authority. Platinum Sponsors: Alcoa, THE National Bank, Living Lands & Waters™ and Waste Commission of Scott County. Gold Sponsors: Iowa American Water, Rock Island County Waste Management Agency and The Moline Foundation. Silver Sponsors: Alter Metal Recycling, DHL Global Forwarding, Independent Insurance Agents of Scott County, McCarthy-Bush Corporation, MidAmerican Energy, Radish magazine, R. A Jones, Quad City Conservation Alliance, Sears Seating and Wallace’s Garden Center. Bronze Sponsors: Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Downtown Davenport Partnership, Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection, Great River Brewery, Lowe’s and Mel Foster Company. Logistics Sponsors: Cities of Bettendorf, Buffalo, Davenport, LeClaire, McCausland, Milan, Moline, Rock Island and Silvis; Bi-State Regional Commission, Keep Rock Island Beautiful, iLivehere™, Partners of Scott County Watersheds, Republic Services and River Roots Live.

 

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