Environment & Weather
Loebsack Welcomes USDA Disaster Designation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications   
Friday, 13 July 2012 12:13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today applauded the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for issuing an agriculture disaster declaration for 9 counties that have seen extensive damage to crops and farm land.  Last month, Loebsack urged Secretary Vilsack to support the designation.

“I applaud the USDA for their decision to assist the farmers and rural areas that were greatly affected by the early freeze this spring,” said Loebsack.  “As Iowans continue to struggle to recover, our rural areas and farmers need this assistance to help assure they are well-positioned to contribute to our economic recovery.”

Specifically, the counties of Audubon, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson and Lee are included in this declaration.

Benefits are also available for the contiguous counties of Adair, Allamakee, Benton, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Guthrie, Henry, Howard, Iowa, Jones, Linn, Louisa, Mitchell, Monona, Muscatine, Pottawattamie, Shelby, Van Buren, Washington, Webster and Winneshiek.

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Iowa Chapter Needs Your Support PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Environment & Weather
Written by Neila Seaman, Sierra Club   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:37

This spring, we acted in concert with our allies to defeat legislation that would require the sale of public lands and an amendment that would force the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to assess the value of public lands that could be used in farming.

The Chapter also collaborated with our allies to successfully stop an egregious bill that would force rate-payers to fund a new nuclear power plant before it was even built.

The Chapter also succeeded in preventing a Senate vote on a bill that would remove a lead-based ammunition prohibition for hunting Mourning Doves.  Although the governor issued an executive order that permits the lead-based ammunition, the Chapter and its partners successfully convinced the Iowa Senate to support the ban by not voting on the bill passed by the House.

However, these accomplishments do not come free – there are costs involved.   Can we count on your donation so that we can continue to realize our goals?

You can make a non-tax-deductible donation to continue the Chapter's lobbying efforts by clicking the donate button below.

Or, you can choose to make a tax-deductible donation to further our informational and litigation programs.

If you prefer, you can send a check. Deductible donations need to be made out to The Sierra Club Foundation with Iowa Chapter written in the memo.  Non tax-deductible donations can be made out to Sierra Club Iowa Chapter.  All checks can be mailed to

Sierra Club Iowa Chapter,
3839 Merle Hay Road, Suite 280,
Des Moines, IA 50310.

Thank you in advance for your generous contribution.

Sincerely,

Neila Seaman, Director,
Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club

P.S. Reserve the date of the Annual Dinner – September 22 – at White Rock Conservancy.

 
Branstad, Reynolds to convene public meeting in Mt. Pleasant on dry and drought weather conditions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:54

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today that they will hold a two-hour public meeting on the severe dry and D1 Drought conditions that have plagued Iowa this summer. The event will be held Tuesday morning at the Mt. Pleasant High School gymnasium, and members of the public are encouraged and welcome to attend.

The public meeting will feature officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the USDA. Outside expert testimony will feature agricultural groups and environmental experts.

The discussion will include the latest information and tracking metrics, how coordination is being handled between the state and federal levels, and potential action steps that may be taken in order to ensure Iowa’s needs are met. The public is invited to share their thoughts and concerns.

Details of the meeting are as follows:

Tuesday, July 18, 2012

9 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold public meeting on dry and D1 Drought conditions

Mt. Pleasant High School  gymnasium

2104 South Grand Avenue

Mount Pleasant, IA

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Big Win for Baby Sea Turtles PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sierra Club   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:48
The Sierra Club's Puerto Rico Chapter notched a huge victory when the island's governor signed a bill protecting nearly 2,000 acres of the Northeast Ecological Corridor from development. For more than 15 years, a proposal to build two megaresorts loomed over the Corridor, which includes one of the most important nesting grounds on Earth for the endangered leatherback sea turtle.

"Golf courses and baby sea turtles don't mix," says Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. Find out how the Sierra Club Puerto Rico Chapter and other grassroots groups kept this wondrous place from being turned into condos and putting greens.

 
EPA to Hold Two Public Hearings on Proposed Clean Air Standards for Particle Pollution PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ernesta Jones   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:49

Speaker registration now open for hearings in Philadelphia and Sacramento, Calif.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold two public hearings on the proposed updates to the national air quality standards for fine particle pollution (PM2.5). A federal court ruling required EPA to update the standards based on best available science. The proposed updates, which meet that requirement, build on steps already taken by EPA to reduce pollution in communities across the country.

WHAT: Public hearings on proposed updates to national air quality standards for fine particle pollution.

WHEN: July 17, 2012 (Philadelphia) 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT   
July 19, 2012 (Sacramento) 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. PDT

WHERE: July 17, Philadelphia

William J. Green Federal Building
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19106

July 19, Sacramento, Calif.

California Air Resources Board
1001 "I" Street
Sacramento, Calif. 95814

To register to speak at the hearings, contact Alan Rush at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-564-1658. Members of the public also may register in person at the hearing and will be accommodated as time allows. EPA also will accept written comments on the proposed standards until Aug. 31, 2012. EPA will issue the final standards by December 14, 2012.

Note: Please bring picture identification and allow additional time to enter the buildings and go through security.

More information on the hearings and instructions for submitting written comments: http://www.epa.gov/pm/actions.html

 
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