Monthly Archives: March 2012

ISU study finds Iowa rivers offer big economic boost


Last week, we made a post about how Iowans have increased pride in our state’s rivers. Now, a study is indicating that Iowa’s rivers also give a large boost to our economy. According to the study, the 73 Iowa rivers … Continue reading

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Decorah Eagle Cam eaglets arrive


The Raptor Resource Project welcomed two new eaglets into the Decorah Eagle Cam family this week, with a third and final eaglet expected to arrive very shortly. Millions of viewers worldwide have tuned in to the Decorah Eagle Cam since … Continue reading

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More pest projections based on Iowa’s warm winter


Two weeks ago, we linked to a Des Moines Register article suggesting that Iowa’s mild winter could lead to an increase in pests. The Des Moines Register released a new, more in-depth, article today indicating that this year’s pest population … Continue reading

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Warm weather presents dilemma for corn farmers


Iowa’s warm weather is tempting farmers to start planting corn early. Conditions are ideal for planting right now, but many farmers worry that a freeze may still come. If corn is planted within the next couple of weeks, it would … Continue reading

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DNR to conduct prescribed burns across Iowa


This spring the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct a series of prescribed burns in forests and wildlife areas throughout the state. These burns are used to reduce hazardous fuel loading, which reduces the potential for wildfires, while also reducing … Continue reading

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Most high-risk Iowa homes don’t have flood insurance


A press release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources indicates that many Iowans are unprepared for flooding. Only 18 percent of Iowa homes in high-risk floodplain areas have flood insurance policies. Since the waiting period for activating flood insurance … Continue reading

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Fewer Iowans volunteer for roadside clean up


The number of people adopting Iowa’s roadsides has decreased, causing an increase in litter removal costs for the Department of Transportation. Rural stretches of roadside in particular have seen a significant decline in volunteer numbers. Over the past six years, … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Iowa’s scientists ask legislators to acknowledge climate change


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses the efforts of Iowa’s scientists in convincing legislators to acknowledge climate change. Scientists across Iowa are calling on our legislators to acknowledge and address climate change. … Continue reading

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Thousands of carp die during marsh restoration


In an effort to restore the Ventura Marsh in Ventura, Iowa, thousands of carp have died and washed up on land. For the $5 million restoration a new emergency spillway and a new pump station were constructed. The pump was … Continue reading

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Iowans have increased pride in local rivers


An article from The Gazette indicates that Iowans have become more enthusiastic about the state’s rivers in recent years. The report suggests that Iowans are increasingly interested in the recreational possibilities of the rivers. This increased attention has also led … Continue reading

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