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.

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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Project AWARE to visit Des Moines River


Project AWARE participants looking for garbage. Photo by rustymartin2000, Flickr.
Project AWARE participants looking for garbage. Photo by rustymartin2000, Flickr.

For the past ten years, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has hosted an annual volunteer river cleanup called Project AWARE.

For their eleventh year, Project AWARE will focus on removing garbage from a 90 mile stretch of the Des Moines River  between Algona and Fort Dodge. The event will take place from July 6 to 13.

In addition to cleaning up the river, Project AWARE also helps participants learn about watersheds, water quality and recycling.

Find out more here.