Monthly Archives: May 2012

Green Iowa Americorps to host Upper Iowa River Cleanup


Green Iowa Americorps is hosting the Upper Iowa River Cleanup on June 9th and 16th at 1 PM. Volunteers will remove trash while paddling down the Upper Iowa River in a provided canoe or kayak. On June 9th, the volunteers … Continue reading

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New tax credit make solar a better investment for Iowans


Energy companies and lawmakers say a new tax credit will make the installation of solar energy systems on homes and businesses an affordable investment. “A lot of people have been looking at solar energy systems and now, with the state … Continue reading

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Iowa Flood Center radar remains safe from landfill fire


Researchers at the Iowa Flood Center are crossing their fingers that the Iowa City Landfill fire wont affect one of their sensors. One of their mobile weather radar units is located at the landfill. So far it has avoided damage, … Continue reading

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Photos from Hickory Hill Park in Iowa City


This summer I’m going to highlight some beautiful nature areas in Iowa. Here’s a gallery of Hickory Hill Park in Iowa City. It contains terrific trails for hiking, running and dog walking. It also contains more than 13 acres of restored prairie. … Continue reading

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UI engineers check Mississippi River for PCBs


University of Iowa engineers spent a day collecting core samples from the Mississippi River. The group of engineers was part of Keri Hornbuckle’s team. Hornbuckle is both a professor in UI’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department and a member of … Continue reading

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Green grilling on Memorial Day


A quick note for Iowans grilling on Memorial Day: Charcoal grills release 11 pounds of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the air every hour. This is almost exactly twice the amount of carbon dioxide released during gas grilling. If … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Iowa organizations work to reduce flooding risks


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights efforts of two Iowa organizations that are working to reduce flooding risks. Efforts to increase flood preparedness in Iowa continue four years after the 2008 … Continue reading

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Excellent article on Rochester Cemetery controversy


The story of Rochester Cemetery in Cedar County is not new, but I recently discovered this excellent article about the cemetery from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Rochester Cemetery is a controversial place. In addition to serving the county … Continue reading

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The Farmer’s Table brings local farmers and consumers together


A monthly dinner event brings Iowans closer to the farmers producing their food. These dinners, known as The Farmer’s Table, are hosted by Chris Grebner – a personal chef in the Iowa City area. At the dinners, Grebner uses local … Continue reading

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Obama to discuss wind energy tax credits in Newton


President Barack Obama will visit a wind turbine blade manufacturer in Newton, Iowa today to promote two wind energy tax credits that are set to expire at the end of 2012. The president intends to warn Iowans that the loss … Continue reading

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