Lake Darling State Park rededicated

BRIGHTON — The trees are the same, but everything else about 64-year-old Lake Darling State Park is new and improved.

“In effect, it really is a new state park,” said George Antoniou, coordinator of the Department of Nat [...]

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Forum dives into water quality issues

CEDAR RAPIDS — With Election Day fast approaching, environmentally minded residents gathered Saturday to discuss Eastern Iowa’s water quality issues.

The League of Women Voters of Linn County hosted the Clean Streams an [...]

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State to consider parcel for forest

WATERVILLE — The state soon may acquire a wild chunk of northeast Iowa that has nature lovers of several stripes smiling in anticipation.

The 368-acre parcel, proposed for addition to Yellow River State Forest in Allamakee County at a [...]

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Opinion split at Independence water quality meeting

INDEPENDENCE — Speakers at a public meeting on state water quality standards split Tuesday on the value of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, which relies on voluntary measures to reduce the volume of fertilizer leaving farm fields for t [...]

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Eagle that suffered lead poisoning released back into wild

An eagle that had nearly succumbed to lead poisoning last winter took to the sky Saturday as a strong and healthy bird of prey.

“What joy to see an eagle that was so near death power into the sky again,” said Bob Anderson, dire [...]

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Another wolf slain in Iowa

In a state without wolves for 89 years, two have been killed in a matter of months this year.

Like the first wolf, shot in February in Buchanan County, the second wolf, shot in late May in Jones County, was killed by a hunter who mistook it [...]

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Sand mine fire extinguished

A fire in the Pattison Sand Co.’s underground mine was extinguished over the weekend, the Clayton County firm said in a statement released Tuesday.

Clark Ott, an environmental specialist with the Department of Natural Resources, confi [...]

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Private, community colleges get greener

Climate change and other environmental concerns are threatening both the quality of life and pocketbooks of Iowans — and the region’s private and community colleges are no exception.

That’s why many schools, including C [...]

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Clayton County mine closed as crews battle fire

A spokeswoman at a Clayton County sand mine said Friday that a fire originally thought to have been minor has turned out to be more serious.

Beth Regan said an equipment fire in the underground Pattison Sand mine, which broke out Wednesday, [...]

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Decorah eaglet dies of ‘obvious electrocution’

The hard-luck Decorah eagles took another blow Tuesday when the only male among this year’s three hatchlings was electrocuted while perching on a transmission line near Decorah.

“I feel sad for all the people who care about the [...]

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Natural Heritage Foundation continues to be successful

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, established 35 years ago this month, has protected more than 146,000 acres in 97 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

In noting the foundation’s June 22 anniversary, Department of Natural Resources Direc [...]

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Monarch butterfly fans work to restore plantings

The common milkweed is no longer common, and neither is the beloved monarch butterfly, which depends upon milkweed for its existence.

Monarch larvae hatch and feed exclusively on milkweed, an Iowa native that has fallen victim to changing fa [...]

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Decorah eagle spending summer in Canada

D1, a Decorah eagle hatched in 2011 and fitted with a satellite transmitter that same year, is again spending her summer in Polar Bear Provincial Park above the tree line on Canada's Hudson Bay.

This is the third year in a row she has left [...]

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Goose takes dart to the neck

CEDAR RAPIDS — Crowds of giant Canada geese and the droppings they leave behind have been flummoxing city officials and many residents for years.

Even so, Parks Superintendent Daniel Gibbins on Thursday expressed anger that someone ha [...]

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Midwest religious leaders add voice to curbing carbon pollution

Nearly 400 religious leaders from across the Midwest have signed a letter to President Barack Obama and Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator.

The letter asks that standards for carbon pollution for new and e [...]

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