Six Iowa watersheds receive management funding


Last week watershed management received a boost across Iowa when the Economic Development Authority and the Department of Natural Resources distributed funding to monitor flooding.

Read more from the Iowa DNR press release below:

The Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced funding for six Watershed Management Authority (WMA) applications.  Recipients of the seed money will form a WMA to reduce future flood risks and improve water quality in a watershed.  Continue reading

Massive fish kills in South Skunk River


Photo by Towboat Garage, Flickr

Last week a manure spill caused the death of more than 30,000 fish in Hamilton County. This was the South Skunk River’s second fish kill of the week.

Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources reports:

A fish kill on the South Skunk River near the Hamilton and Story County line last week affected five miles of stream and killed an estimated 27,456 fish valued at $38,056. Continue reading

On the Radio: Energy investments yield savings in Story County


This week’s radio segment highlights Story County’s money-saving shift to eco-friendly buildings (text in italics below).

But that’s not the county’s only green effort. In September 2010, it drafted a plan to encourage more local food consumption, creating a division inside its planning and zoning department to oversee it. The county also houses a large wind farmContinue reading

Iowa edges Nebraska for “Next-generation” Dupont Ethanol Plant


 

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Iowa edged Nebraska on Wednesday for a ethanol plant to be built by DuPont that would use corncobs, leaves and stalks as feedstock rather than corn, the Des Moines Register reports.

The plant will be built in Webster or Story County and will join a proposed Poet facility at Emmetsburg as Iowa’s two “next-generation” refineries. Continue reading