DES MOINES, IOWA (January 14, 2020) — Ducks Unlimited and its conservation partners applaud the announcement Tuesday by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds encouraging legislators to improve water quality and soil health by fully funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.

LENEXA, KANSAS (January 13, 2020) — An Iowa City, Iowa, company that operates a limestone quarry has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $33,500 to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified the alleged violations when it conducted an inspection at the company’s quarry in April 2019.

LENEXA, KANSAS (January 8, 2020) — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a settlement agreement with Selby Enterprises LLC of Moline, Illinois, for its alleged failure to provide proper lead-paint disclosure to tenants at two residential properties in Davenport, Iowa.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 8, 2020) — The State of Iowa has once again chosen to ignore dangerous nutrient pollution in Iowa’s waters by refusing to adopt numeric nutrient criteria.

 

While looking for inspiration for the new year, even the new decade, we often take time to reflect on past experiences. As I considered birding opportunities for the new year, I enjoyed recalling many of my favorite experiences over the years, so while my weekly Editor Afield article often describes relatively local birding observations, I thought I would review some of my favorite birding expeditions that give me a world-view to augment my local and national birding experiences.

DES MOINES, IOWA (December 20, 2019) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources released the draft 2018 303(d) Impaired Waters List for the state of Iowa on November 14. The list is comprised of lakes, wetlands, streams, and rivers that do not meet state water quality standards for designated uses. 

WASHINGTON DC (December 20, 2019) — Congress approved two funding packages for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations on Thursday, December 19, which will improve conservation delivery across the United States.

DES MOINES, IOWA (December 18, 2019) — On Thursday, December 19, local Iowa leaders will speak at a reception & press conference to discuss the impact climate change is having on Iowans and will ask Senator Ernst to heed the call of her voters, local leaders and scientists and act on climate change.
 

NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA (December 10, 2019) — GreenState has teamed up with Trees Forever on a three-year initiative to plant a tree for every new member that joins the credit union.

LENEXA, KANSAS (December 6, 2019) — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit information from industry and the public on strategies for further reducing ethylene oxide emissions from commercial sterilization and fumigation operations.

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