On the Radio- Flooding in Polk County


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A view of downtown Des Moines (Jason M/flickr)

Eden DeWald | July 30, 2018

This week’s segment discusses the recent flooding in Polk County.

Transcript:

Flooding in Polk County has impacted over five thousand homes this summer.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

A June 30 torrential rain storm brought unprecedented volumes of rain as high as nine inches primarily to Des Moines and surrounding areas, leaving residents displaced and sixteen million dollars in damage to public infrastructure, homes, and businesses.

Des Moines has set aside over eleven million dollars to buy out eighty of the most devastated homes, and is offering interest free loans to its residents for repairs.

And it’s not just the monetary damage. The floods resulted in at least one death when flash-flood waters swept away a sixty-five-year-old man trying to get to safety.

As reported by The Des Moines Register, some of the flood damage to homes and businesses was due in part to insufficient storm sewer systems.

For more information, visit iowa-environmental-focus-dog-org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Sara E. Mason.

From Trash to Energy


Photo by Jeffery Beall; Flickr

 

Waste Management, a Houston company, will break ground this week on a $7 million methane gas recovery facility at Iowa’s biggest landfill in eastern Polk County.  Continue reading

Iowa Army National Guard recruits clean up state park


Photo by The National Guard, Flickr.
Photo by The National Guard, Flickr.

Polk City’s Big Creek State Park will receive some help from Iowa Army National Guard recruits.

On April 28th, more than 100 recruits will help pick up trash and debris around Big Creek.

Last year, 120 recruits pulled invasive species around Big Creek and resurfaced a trail at Ledges State Park.

Read more here.

Join hikers across the nation for First Day Hikes


First Day Hikes' participants. Photo by vastateparksstaff, Flickr.
First Day Hikes’ participants. Photo by vastateparksstaff, Flickr.

On January 1, outdoor enthusiasts across the nation will participate in the annual First Day Hikes event.

For this event, people meet at designated nature areas at set times on the first day of the new year to go for a hike.  The idea is to promote exercise and nature appreciation for the upcoming year.

In Iowa, the hikes will take place at Big Creek State Park (Polk County), Walnut Woods State Park (Polk County), Mines of Spain State Recreation area (Dubuque County) and Brushy Creek State Recreation Area (Webster County).

For more information, check out the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ website here.

Report: Quad Cities area ranks near last nationally in short-term particle pollution


Credit: Señor Codo, Flickr

Air quality varies across the rest of Iowa, according to American Lung Association report 

Quad Cities residents can’t quite breathe easy.

That’s because their region ranks 25th in short-term particle pollution – a phenomenon, which increases their risk of heart attacks, strokes, asthma attacks and possible early death, according to a new report by the American Lung Association.

Quad Citians join nearly 61 million people across the US, who live in areas prone to unhealthy spikes in particle pollution. Continue reading