Monthly Archives: July 2012

Another great year of river cleanup for Project AWARE


From July 7-14, volunteers around the state helped clean Iowa’s rivers as part of Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition). This year there were 387 participants. They worked on 823 rivers, collected 60.36 tons of trash and recycled 86 … Continue reading

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Iowa DNR works to contain chronic wasting disease


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working hard to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) after the first positive detection in Iowa was found about one week ago. These efforts center on finding the source of the … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Dubuque benefits from renewable energy map


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses a renewable energy map developed for the city of Dubuque. Dubuque residents and businesses will better understand how to optimally use renewable energy thanks to University of … Continue reading

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Year’s hottest day prompts record energy usage


Alliant Energy reported record-breaking peak energy usage on Wednesday, the hottest day so far in Iowa’s abnormally hot summer. The peak usage of 3,724 megawatts occurred at 5pm in Alliant’s “West Control Area,” which covers Iowa and Minnesota. The previous record of … Continue reading

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Tips for watering trees during the drought


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has released a set of tips for watering trees during drought conditions. They advise using buckets of water or a hose instead of sprinklers, since sprinklers are less efficient. An area within and just … Continue reading

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Extreme drought spreads into Eastern Iowa


A map released Tuesday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that extreme drought conditions have spread into Eastern Iowa, while the remainder of the state remains categorized as severe drought. This latest map doesn’t include Wednesday’s overnight rainfall which averaged roughly one … Continue reading

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Iowa City dam will see modifications thanks to EPA grant


The City of Iowa City has received a $60,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to alter the Burlington Street dam. The planned modifications should increase boating and rafting, while also improving water quality, fish habitat and riverbank stability. It … Continue reading

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Des Moines water usage sets record


Ongoing drought conditions forced the Des Moines Water Works to supply a record breaking 96.64 million gallons of water to residents and businesses on Tuesday. The record water usage was about 1 million gallons higher than the previous record, which … Continue reading

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Vilsack wants ethanol production to remain the same


Despite the drought and consequent decline in corn production, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack does not want any changes to be made to the Renewable Fuel Standard. This indicates that Vilsack hopes ethanol production will remain the same during … Continue reading

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Des Moines River fish kill attributed to high temperatures


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says high water temperature is to blame for a recent fish kill in southeast Iowa. Nearly 58,000 dead fish were counted in a 42-mile section of the Des Moines River, with an estimated value … Continue reading

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