Iowa Environmental Council’s Keynote Speaker Announced


Joe Whitworth, president of The Freshwater Trust in Portland, Oregon, will deliver the keynote address at the Iowa Environmental Council annual conference October 11 in Des Moines.

Joe Whitworth
Joe Whitworth

At The Freshwater Trust, Whitworth and his team focus on cooperative, market-based solutions that benefit rivers, working lands and local communities – from working with landowners to keep more water in our streams to creating more effective processes for improving aquatic habitat using a localized approach.

Registration is open now for the Iowa Environmental Council’s Annual Conference, “At the Tipping Point: Creating Momentum for a Healthier Iowa Environment.”  Details on the event are available atwww.iaenvironment.org, or by calling 515-244-1194, extension 210.

 

Ecolotree cleans up in Oregon


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Lou Licht, a University of Iowa professor and founder of Ecolotree Inc., will be teaming up with the Port of Morrow industrial park in Boardman, Oregon to remove nitrates from the soil.

Licht’s company is based in Iowa and creates forests that are engineered to help clean landfills or chemical spill sites.  The Port of Morrow will be using Licht’s poplar trees to control the nitrogen in their East Beach Industrial Park.

To read more, check out the East Oregonian’s coverage here or read more below.  You can also listen to our radio podcast about Licht’s work here.

The Port of Morrow is embarking on an environmental project to test the effectiveness of trees for helping to remove nitrates from the soil. Continue reading