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Climate Change Threatens a National Treasure PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Shelby   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 14:47
Thomas Jefferson's gardens at Monticello have a history as complicated as our country's own. But now they're experiencing something never before seen in their hundreds of years of meticulously recorded garden journals: the devastating effects of climate change.

Peter Hatch has spent the last 35 years of his life in those gardens, witnessing the new pests and extreme weather descending upon the historic property. He took the time to share his experiences with us—and we've created a slideshow to help share them with you.

Come visit Monticello's gardens with us, and see how a changing climate is putting them at risk.

Fruits, vegetables, and even trees aren't safe from these dangers which have never been seen in Monticello's centuries of existence. Will our own backyards be next?

Jefferson believed that recording and examining the past was the key to understanding the world around us. Now, the gardens he began at age 26 are giving us the opportunity to do just that.

I hope you'll visit our slideshow, and learn what a national treasure can tell us about our warming world.

 
Loebsack Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of the Floods of 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 14 June 2013 09:09

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today marking the fifth anniversary of the Floods of 2008.

“As we look back today on the Great Flood of 2008, we remember the homes that were destroyed and the businesses that were lost. But we also think about the neighbors who helped neighbors; the strangers who showed up with a shovel to help dig out a basement; and the first responders who worked around the clock and ensured no lives were lost. We saw Iowans come together and prove just how resilient we are. The rising rivers that were recently seen across our state tested our preparations and showed just how far Iowans and our communities have come.  It was a powerful reminder from Mother Nature about living with the threat of floods.

“While we can’t predict what future floods will bring, we have seen time and again the importance of our state and communities being prepared for the uncertainties life near our rivers brings.  Remembering the 2008 floods is important to help make sure that we remain prepared for anything year after year, and to be proud of the progress we’ve made even as work on our recovery continues today.  No Iowan will ever forget the Great Flood of 2008 and I will make sure no one in Washington ever does either”

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Gov. Branstad issues proclamation of disaster emergency for Des Moines County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Friday, 14 June 2013 09:07

(DES MOINES) –– Governor Terry E. Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for one additional county in response to recent storms and flooding.

The Governor issued a proclamation to activate the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in Des Moines County. A governor’s proclamation of disaster emergency had been issued June 4 to make state resources available for disaster response in Des Moines County.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.

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Governor Branstad issues disaster proclamation for five counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Monday, 10 June 2013 07:43

(DES MOINES) – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for five additional counties in response to recent storms and flooding.

The governor declared a disaster in Appanoose, Lee, Muscatine, Wayne and Webster counties. In addition, the governor has activated the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in Fayette and Muscatine counties.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.

For a list of counties that have received governor’s proclamations in the aftermath of the storms and flooding that began May 19, visit www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.

 

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Loebsack Statement After Tour of Flood Preparations with State, Local Officials PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:01

Iowa City, IA – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after he joined Governor Branstad and other state and local officials to tour flood affected areas and the flood preparations that are underway in Johnson County.

“I am pleased that the Governor and Lt. Governor took the time to come and see firsthand the preparation the folks in Johnson County and at the University of Iowa have put in to help protect the area from damaging flooding.  While the area is not out of the woods yet, I am encouraged by the latest forecasts.  The hard work of the Johnson County Emergency Management team, University of Iowa, and the scores of volunteers demonstrates just how strong this community really is.

“I am also pleased that despite the dysfunction and partisan bickering that is all too common in Washington; Iowans can rise above it in a time of need.  I am proud to be a part of that work and will coordinate with the Governor, Army Corps of Engineers, the University, and local officials as the threat of flooding continues.”

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