On the Radio: Green Jobs in Iowa

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This week’s On the Radio segment covers the environmental report “A Green Greater Des Moines.” Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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Rain helps lessen drought in Iowa

Photo by iowa_spirit_walker, Flickr.
Photo by iowa_spirit_walker, Flickr.

This week’s rain has helped lessen the drought in Iowa. The rainfall for the week was the most that has fallen in Iowa since June 2011.

The rain came after the ground thawed, which allows the water to soak in.

According to the last drought report, central Iowa is in a moderate drought, and some areas of northwest Iowa’s are experiencing more severe drought conditions.

Read more here.

Iowa suffers from late summer drought

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One third of the state of Iowa is suffering from a drought, and these little bits of rain have done close to nothing to help either.

More from the Des Moines Register below:

For Iowans looking at parched lawns and prematurely yellowed corn, the rain that came earlier this week was welcome. Continue reading

On the Radio: Iowa could lose crucial flood aid tools


2008 Iowa City flooding. Photo by Bethany Byers.


Listen to this week’s radio piece here.  It discusses the potential loss of some of Iowa’s crucial flood prevention tools.  Read the transcript below:

Towns consumed by water and left in ruins – we’ve seen it before, and we’ll see it again. Despite the threat of devastation that floods pose for Iowans, surveillance of these natural disasters could soon be jeopardized.   Continue reading