Environment

Trash-to-biofuel takes new turn in Marion

MARION — No one has claimed that making biofuel out of garbage is as simple as tossing leftovers into the trash.

So it is that Craig S ... »

Marion makes progress toward Blue Zones designation

MARION — More than a year after it was named a demonstration site, Marion needs just 66 more dedicated residents to help it become qualified ... »

Ash borer infestation spreads to Dallas County, county number 21

Dallas County has become the state's 21st county with a confirmed emerald ash borer infestation.

The tree-killing pest was positively ident ... »

State geologist: Frac sand mine small threat to water supply

DECORAH — The porous bedrock of northeast Iowa, known as karst topography, does not pose a great obstacle to the mining of frac sand, State G ... »

'Superstar' farmer wows with conservation techniques

WELLMAN — Iowa's tile-drained farms are notoriously “leaky systems,” by nature unable to contain all the nutrients both applied t ... »

Marion trains staff, gardeners to prepare for emerald ash borer infestation

MARION — Residents and officials are not idly awaiting the eventual destruction of their ash trees by the emerald ash borer.

“W ... »

CR praised for working with farmers to prevent runoff

WASHBURN — Iowa farmers much prefer cooperative rather than confrontational approaches to improving water quality, several of them said Frida ... »

In Iowa: Milkweed worth the work

Until Monsanto comes out with Roundup Ready milkweed seed, we all would do well to grow the monarch butterfly-sustaining plant in our yards and gar ... »

Another Decorah eagle electrocuted by a utility pole

A Decorah eagle was electrocuted last week — the fourth offspring of the world-famous parents to suffer that fate, the Raptor Resource Proje ... »

Officials: Derailed train cars still burning near Galena, but no environmental concerns

GALENA, Ill. — Two tank cars from a derailed Burlington Northern Santa Fe oil train continue to burn near Galena, but officials said Friday ... »

Researchers dispute claim that eagle populations are crashing

State, federal and other bald eagle researchers dispute the recent assertion by Terrence Ingram, executive director of the Eagle Nature Foundation, ... »

$3.5 million renovation planned for Linn County’s largest lake

PALO — Linn County’s largest and most popular lake will undergo a $3.5 million renovation this year, the Iowa Department of Natural R ... »

Hunters to collect 200 Allamakee County deer samples

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY — Local landowners and hunters are collecting about 200 deer samples in an area of Allamakee County where chronic wasting d ... »

Gray wolf returned to protected status in Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal protection for wolves in the western Great Lakes region, including the northern half of Iowa, was reinstated in a ... »

State will watch use of Jordan aquifer more closely

DES MOINES — New rules are in the works to more closely monitor how cities and industries extract water from the Jordan aquifer, a major wel ... »