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The GREAT MARCH FOR CLIMATE ACTION PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ed Fallon   
Monday, 29 April 2013 07:49
-- stepping forward for our Planet, our Future --


Dear Friends,

Setting up a 3,000 mile march involves a lot more than drawing a bright-colored line across a map of the US. We are fortune to have Courtney Kain on board to coordinate this mammoth task. Courtney's background includes a four-year stint with the Army National Guard, managing logistics for several thousand troops at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa.

"We'd go on training marches through a variety of terrains, often for a week or two, camping in a lot of different places under some pretty adverse circumstances," said Courtney. "There was a lot of integration between planning the route and planning our equipment needs. Of course, we carried 60-pound packs on our backs and had our guns. Honestly, I'm looking forward to not having to deal with hauling either of those on the Climate March!"

Like any big event, much of Courtney's work with the National Guard involved tedious behind-the-scenes labor. "Often, we'd be out on the base at o'dark thirty, sometimes in sub-zero weather, doing vehicle maintenance and what not. We not only had to issue equipment but keep tabs on it as well. Marching boots were probably the most important piece of equipment. I remember a lovely set of massive blisters during my early days with the Guard."

Courtney appreciates all the folks in communities across the country who are stepping forward to help with on-the-ground challenges in setting up the route. "We can do a lot from our headquarters here in Des Moines, especially with the help of the Internet," said Courtney. "But there's no way we can figure out all the details without our supporters' eyes and ears helping to identify the best routes and campsites in communities we'll march through."

Our plan is to release the full description of the March route sometime next month. In the meantime, we need your help, not just working with Courtney on setting up the route, but helping pay for all the costs involved. To that end . . .

If you haven't already, please become a March Starter. Donate between 1 cent and 33-1/3 cents per mile - between $30 and $1,000 - to help Courtney finish this task at a pace that would impress the US Army. Click here for details, and thanks to all who have stepped forward so far.

 
American Lung Association State of the Air Report Released PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Micki Sandquist   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:38

The American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air 2013” report finds that air quality nationwide continues the long-term trend to much healthier air. The strongest progress came in lower levels of year-round particle pollution across much of the nation.

State of the Air 2013” is the Lung Association’s 14th annual, national air quality “report card.” It uses the most recent air pollution data, compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the two most widespread types of pollution - ozone (smog) and particle pollution (PM 2.5, also known as soot). The report grades counties and ranks cities and counties based on their scores for ozone, year-round particle pollution and short-term particle pollution levels.

Visit the State of the Air Iowa Report to see how your community ranks and to learn how to protect yourself and your family from air pollution.

 
Living Lands & Waters Summer schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Linville-Mass   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:28

Living Lands & Waters has been cleaning up the Mississippi for over 15 years and this year we’re expanding our cleanup effort to include sites from LaCrosse through North of St. Louis. We need your help to get the word out to recruit volunteers for our upcoming events in your area. With your help we can keep our Mississippi and its tributaries clean. The following list gives you a timeline of when and where our Barge and our clean-up and educational efforts will be taking place near you.

                                                          April 29th through 30th in Cave in Rock, IL

·         May 3rd through 7th, Paducah, KY

·         May 11th Red-Wing Lacrosse

·         May 17th through June 1st in St. Louis, MO

·         June 4th through the 8th in Herculaneum, MO

·         June 11th through the 15th in St. Genevieve, MO

·         June 21st through the 22nd in Chester, IL

·         June 26th through the 29th in Cape Girardeau MO

·         June 22nd through the 23rd in Clarksville, MO

·         October 28th and 29th in Grafton, IL

·         October 31st through November 2nd in Alton, IL

·         November 7th and 8th in St. Louis MO

·         November 11th in Bloomsdale, MO

 
Simon: Flood dangers not over yet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:22

CARBONDALE – April 23, 2013. As chair of an Illinois River conservation council, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon encouraged residents along the Illinois River to remain vigilant and take precautions as flood waters continue to rise over the coming days.

“While the northern portion of the Illinois River starts to recede, areas downstream of La Salle-Peru have not yet crested and could see the river raise another four to seven feet in the coming days,” said Simon, who chairs the Illinois River Coordinating Council. “I will continue to work with state, local and disaster relief officials to provide aid to these vulnerable communities.”

At present, the Illinois River is projected to crest at 29.4 feet early Wednesday morning in Peoria, about a half-inch higher than the previous record. Flood stage for the Illinois River in Peoria is 18 feet. Farther downstream, the river is projected to crest at 29.5 feet in Beardstown on Thursday morning, where the flood stage is at 14 feet.

As flood waters continue to rise, Simon reminded families to exercise caution and avoid driving through flood waters. Residents can monitor flood levels, find updates on road conditions and search for nearby shelters at www.ready.illinois.gov. To donate to the recovery effort or learn about volunteer opportunities, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

“With more rain coming down last night and today, flooding throughout central and southern Illinois will get worse before it gets better,” Simon said.

Governor Quinn has declared 44 counties as state disaster areas. Counties included in the state disaster declaration are Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.

Lt. Governor Simon and the Illinois River Coordinating Council work with state and federal agencies and local communities to raise awareness of and address watershed issues along the Illinois River. The Council assisted volunteer efforts and agency responses to the 2011 Mississippi River flood in Southern Illinois.

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Loebsack Welcomes Gov. Branstad’s Disaster Declaration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:52

Total of 8 counties affected by strong storms and flooding now available for state assistance

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after Governor Branstad issued a disaster declaration for three additional counties in Eastern Iowa.  People who qualify in Iowa, Lee and Muscatine Counties are now able to apply for state grants to help with home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing.  Last week, disaster declarations were made for Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott and Washington Counties.

“I am pleased with the Governor’s actions to make assistance available to folks in Eastern Iowa who have seen the brunt of the damage from the recent storms and flooding,” said Loebsack.  “Over the weekend, I toured some of the affected areas and saw firsthand the damage that occurred.  I will continue to fight to ensure those with significant property damage get the help they need.”

For more information, Iowans should visit www.dhs.iowa.gov and click on the Disaster Assistance link.

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