Monthly Archives: December 2011

Wind turbine component manufacturer pledges money to UI for research


The North American Ductile Iron Co. (Nadicom) is contributing $300,000 towards wind turbine component research at the University of Iowa. Nadicom is currently building a foundry to develop wind turbine components in Iowa City. The facility is scheduled to open … Continue reading

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ISU student’s study could increase campus recycling


Kevin Marquardt, a Dowling Catholic graduate and Clive resident, used an independent study to determine how Iowa State could improve their recycling. By researching other universities’ recycling programs, conducting surveys and interviews and studying students’ recycling and waste practices, Marquardt … Continue reading

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Beekeeping schools offered throughout Iowa in 2012


This upcoming year, 12 beekeeping schools will be available in Iowa. The Iowa Honey Producers Association is the primary host of these schools. Most of the schools start between the middle of January and the first week in February. The … Continue reading

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Iowa City to evict crows from downtown


The City of Iowa City is fighting back against a growing population of crows that’s been infesting downtown streets and worrying local business owners. “As it gets colder, the crows are attracted to three things: trees, light and heat,” said … Continue reading

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Iowa hits record ethanol production


Iowa’s 41 ethanol plants produced a record 3.7 billion gallons in 2011, a 200 million gallon increase from 2010. Monte Shaw, Executive Director of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, largely attrbitues this rise to exports. “2011 was certainly a good year … Continue reading

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How to environmentally dispose of electronic waste


Ever wonder how to best dispose of your old electronics? Many electronics should not be thrown out in the regular trash. Electronics often contain toxic chemicals that can enter the groundwater while sitting in landfills. In fact, starting next year … Continue reading

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Kalona creek naming rights to sell on eBay


The Kalona City Council will attempt to sell the naming rights of a local creek on eBay this week. The creek, currently known as the West Drainage Ditch, had it’s naming rights auctioned off once before, but the winning bidder’s … Continue reading

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Re-created Iowa stream is now home to native animals and plants


I missed this story last month, but it is good enough that I feel compelled to share it now . . . Mike Osterholm purchased land in Allamakee County back in 2002. In 2004, Osterholm decided to re-create a stream … Continue reading

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New hog waste technology out of North Carolina shows promise


Three months ago, the Iowa Environmental Focus created a radio segment on recent environmental practices in hog waste management. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times posted an article on another hog waste management technique being used near Yadkinville, North Carolina. With … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Helping our ecosystems with fire


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the effect of controlled burns on Iowa’s ecosystems.

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