Nominate your Town for River Town of the Year!


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Iowa Rivers Revival — an organization committed to protecting Iowa’s rivers and streams and watersheds — invites you to nominate your city for IRR’s River Town of the Year award.

The annual River Town of the Year award recognizes an Iowa town or city for outstanding efforts to reclaim river-fronts as anchors for economic development, recreation, and good ecological practices. Cities are invited to apply for the award, or citizens may nominate their town.

Applications are due by November 1, 2013. The award will be presented in January 2014 at a reception hosted by Iowa Rivers Revival in the River Town of the Year community. Continue reading

On the Radio: EPA grants for brownfield cleanup


Example of a brownfield – Photo by Engineering at Cambridge; Flickr

 

This week’s On the Radio segment reports on EPA grants received by a few cities in Iowa. Read the transcript below, or listen to the audio here.

Five Iowa cities are cleaning up pollution thanks to an EPA Grant.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The cities of Coralville, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, and Ottumwa have all received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Cleanup Grants program.

The grant will clean up contaminated properties in economically-depressed neighborhoods and put them back to use. This creates jobs and improves the environment.

For more information about the EPA grant, visit Iowaenvironmentalfocus.org

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

On The Radio: Living With Floods


Iowa Memorial Union
Iowa Memorial Union

Read this week’s radio transcript below, or listen to the audio here. This week draws focus to the upcoming Living With Floods events.

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Five Cities in Iowa Receive EPA Grant


Dubuque, Iowa. JGKPhotos; Flickr

 

Coralville, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, and Ottumwa have all received monetary funds  from the EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grants program.

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IISC connects University of Iowa to Iowa communities


Dubuque. Photo by SD Dirk, Flickr.
Dubuque. Photo by SD Dirk, Flickr.

The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) continues to build partnerships between the University of Iowa and Iowa communities.

Over the past two years, the IISC has worked with Dubuque on a series of sustainability projects. Now the IISC is working on three new projects in Muscatine and Dubuque. The IISC also has plans for other projects during the 2013-14 school year in Muscatine, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls and Washington.

Learn all about IISC’s plans here.