Monthly Archives: September 2010

Changing Iowa Weather – the new normal?


Listen to this week’s radio segment on Iowa’s changing weather. After a summer of record breaking weather, some Iowans are wondering: is this the new normal? This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. Over the past 20 years, our weather has … Continue reading

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CGRER’s Forbes nets grant to improve elementary science education teaching


From the University of Iowa News Services: Elementary educators (grades K-6) are expected to be content experts in many different areas -– from math and literacy to science. Yet few of them have the specialized training and support necessary to … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Preventing flood damage


Below is the transcript of the second installment of our radio segment. In it, we once again hammer home the importance of flood prevention. If you can’t catch the clip on the air, you can listen to it here. Thousands … Continue reading

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Anatomy of Iowa Floods: Preparing for the Future – Seminar Series – 2010


Next stop: Red Oak. The Iowa Floods of 2008 are receding into history, but Iowans can learn from them, and from flooding this past summer. That was the message put forth in community seminars sponsored in part by the University … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Spurring interest in the sciences, Back to School Special


This week marks the beginning of CGRER’s new radio segment (unsurprisingly) called the Iowa Environmental Focus. Below is the audio and transcript of our first clip. For more information on the segment, check out our “On the Radio” page. Click … Continue reading

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Rural-Urban coalitions key to flood preparation


On Tuesday, a group of flood researchers and policy makers stopped in Elkader for the first of four  seminars that will examine Iowa’s recent history of flooding, and what communities can do to better prepare for floods. James Q. Lynch, … Continue reading

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Photos from Delhi


Along the way to Tuesday’s flood preparation seminar in Elkader, Sen. Joe Bolkcom, ecologist Connie Mutel, flood researcher Nathan Young, and Wayne Peterson of the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship stopped by the former site of Lake Delhi to … Continue reading

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Soil erosion problem and more: Leopold shares parting thoughts in Des Moines Register


On Sunday, outgoing Iowa DNR director Richard Leopold shared some final thoughts about the state of Iowa’s environment in a Des Moines Register guest column.  There, he lamented about the state’s lack of progress in cleaning its rivers, it’s underfunded … Continue reading

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No doubt: Iowa is getting wetter


In case you missed it last Sunday, the Cedar Rapids Gazette gave a huge front-page spread to a piece that lays out some sobering data on Iowa’s recent trends in precipitation – much of it supplied by CGRER’s own Gene … Continue reading

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