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Xstream Cleanup this Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Vorac   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:42

WHAT: Xstream Cleanup—over 1,600 volunteers will team up to clean up 43 waterways and other areas in need of care in the Quad Cities.

WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 2012. 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Preliminary results of the cleanup will be available by 3 p.m. Saturday. Call Erin Vorac at 563-349-3345.

WHO: Over 1,600 volunteers of all ages, some working in teams and representing businesses and organizations throughout the Quad Cities.

WHERE: 43 sites are targeted for cleanup.

See https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.2&thid=13906d6e4ecf37c2&mt=application/pdf&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui%3D2%26ik%3D7484cc5eec%26view%3Datt%26th%3D13906d6e4ecf37c2%26attid%3D0.2%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&sig=AHIEtbTEeJRQhdNO4vnenrQhHI6Vmxf1bA.

  • Iowa: Bettendorf, Buffalo, Davenport, LeClaire, McCausland and Scott County; Illinois: Milan, Moline, Rock Island and Silvis

 
Simon: Illinois River sites gain international prestige PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Stofferahn   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:08
LEWISTOWN – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will dedicate two wetlands along the Illinois River that gained international prestige this year for turning flood-prone farmland into natural habitats for endangered and native species and plants. Restoration of one wetland, the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge near Hennepin, helped bring back the pied-billed grebe from risk of extinction in Illinois.

The dedication ceremony for the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge and the Emiquon Complex near Lewistown comes during a meeting of the Illinois River Coordinating Council, which Simon chairs. The marshy ecosystems were designated Wetlands of International Importance by the federal government in accordance with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, an international treaty signed by 162 nations committed to the protection of wetlands. The designation recognizes the sites as international models of restoration and expresses the government’s commitment to maintaining the ecological character of the site, Simon said.

The celebration, dubbed A Great Day for the Illinois River, will be held concurrently at the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown and the Dixon Refuge. Speakers at the two sites will be connected through a live video feed. After the river council meeting, attendees at Emiquon will have an opportunity to canoe and kayak, while visitors at Dixon can take a guided nature walk.

DATE: Wednesday, Aug. 8

TIME: 1:15 p.m. media availability, 1:30 meeting start

LOCATION: Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 North Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown

 

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Scott County Burn Ban Remains In Effect PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ross Bergen   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:05

PROCLAMATÍON OF BURNING PROHIBITED

ON JULY  2012, THE OFFICE OF THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL RECEIVED A REQUEST PURSUANT TO IOWA CODE 'IOO.40('I) (1995) FROM ROSS BERGEN, REPRESENTING EACH FIRE DEPARTMENT HAVING ALL OR PART OF THEIR FIRE DISTRICT `IAIITHIN SCOTT COUNTY, THAT THE STATE FIRE NIARSHAL PROHIBIT OPEN BURNING IN SCOTT COUNTY. UPON INVESTIGATION THE FIRE IVIARSHAL FINDS THAT CONDITIONS IN SCOTT COUNTY ARE SUCH THAT OPEN BURNING CONSTITUTES A DANGER TO LIFE OR PROPERTY.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT NO PERSON SHALL ENGAGE IN OPEN BURNING IN SCOTT COUNTY, EFFECTIVE JULY 11, 2012 AT 6:00 P.IIñ.. EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY PERMITTED BY IOWA CODE 100.!-10(3) UNTIL SUCH TIME AS ROSS BERGEN, REPRESENTING EACH FIRE DEPARTMENT HAVING ALL OR PART OF THEIR FIRE DISTRICT VVITHIN SCOTT COUNTY, NOTIFIES THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL THAT SUCH CONDITIONS DANGEROUS TO LIFE OR PROPERTY NO LONGER EXISTS.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT PURSUANT TO IOWA CODE ‘100.4(2) ANY \/IOLATEON OF THIS PROCLAIVIATÍON ORDER IS A SIMPLE IVIISDEIVIEANOR.

 
Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds release statements on disaster designations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:43

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, today, issued statements on the USDA disaster designation of 42 Iowa counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the recent drought.

On July 16, Gov. Branstad sent a letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting a drought disaster declaration for impacted Iowa counties. The letter to Sec. Vilsack can be viewed here.

Gov. Branstad released the following statement:

“In response to my letter, the Lt. Governor and I would like to thank Secretary Vilsack for the USDA’s recent drought declaration of several Iowa counties.  This drought has had a significant impact on Iowa agriculture and the farmers who work hard every day to feed a growing world population.  This disaster designation will provide affected Iowans with additional resources during these difficult times.”

Lt. Gov. Reynolds released the following statement:

“One thing that I know for certain is that Iowa farmers have the tenacity, resilience, resolve and fortitude to withstand these challenging times. The Governor and I stand with all Iowans as we work together to respond swiftly to these drought conditions.”

 

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Harkin, Loebsack Welcomes USDA Disaster Designation for Drought-Stricken Iowa Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:42

Continues call for action on Farm Bill and Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after learning that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack had issued a disaster declaration to assist Iowa farmers who have suffered losses from the ongoing drought impacting the Midwest.   The counties identified in this declaration have experienced a drought intensity value of at least severe for eight or more consecutive weeks, with some counties experiencing extreme drought conditions at some point.  Harkin is a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee.

“The ongoing drought continues to inflict hardship on farmers in Iowa and across the Midwest,” said Harkin.  “With today’s announcement, farmers in eligible counties may apply and qualify for low-interest loans and other disaster assistance through the USDA Farm Service Agency, and farmers in all Iowa counties will be allowed expanded haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres.  I welcome today’s actions and thank Secretary Vilsack for responding to our severe drought problems in Iowa.”

In Washington, Congressman Dave Loebsack today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for issuing an agriculture disaster declaration for 42 counties that have seen extensive damage to crops and livestock from the recent drought.  Last week, Loebsack introduced the Agriculture Disaster Assistance Act to help farmers and livestock producers with drought losses beyond insurance until a new farm bill is signed into law.

“I have been walking the rows with farmers to hear firsthand about the damage the recent heat and lack of rain has done to their crops and livestock.  I applaud the USDA for their decision and will continue advocating for the farmers and rural areas who have been greatly impacted.

“USDA has moved to help Iowa farmers – now Congress needs to act and stop playing politics.  As Iowans continue to struggle to recover, our rural areas and farmers need certainty during these tough times. They need Congress to pass a long-term farm bill and extend access to agriculture disaster assistance, not take votes for the appearance of action and then leave for August recess.  Unfortunately, with disaster programs already expired and the farm bill is about to expire – it is now more important than ever for Congress to get to work instead of going on vacation while the fields wither.”

Specifically, the counties of Appanoose, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne.

Benefits are also available for the contiguous counties of Allamakee, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Warren, Washington, Webster, Winneshiek and Wright.

 

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