Thanks to a $485,000 grant from the Environmental Projection Agency, the North Central Iowa town of Garner will complete a much-needed upgrade to its sewer system by Spring of 2011, according to an EPA release.
The project includes replacing undersized sanitary sewers and rehabilitating existing manholes. An existing 12-inch sanitary sewer will be replaced with 2,650 feet of new 24-inch sewer pipe.
With a population of about 3,000, Garner is one of hundreds of small communities in Iowa that have outmoded sewer systems or lack a system entirely, according to a 2005 Iowa Policy Project Report.
That prospect poses dangers to Iowa’s environment and public health, leaving some waste to drain into Iowa’s waters. Continue reading →
Thanks partially to climate change, 2010 was the year the earth struck back. Weather watchers all over the world observed a series of extremes: scorching summers, bone-chilling winters, intense flooding and whiteout blizzards.
Iowans observed many of those conditions firsthand. In today’s Cedar Rapids Gazette, State Climatologist Harry Hillaker’s top ten weather stories of the year. Check it out.
Here are some pictures I shot in Iowa City during and after a heavy snowfall in early January. That week, swirling winds made temperatures in the teens feel even colder.