Apple orchards battle waste

IOWA CITY — Families, couples, teenagers and school groups have been flooding Iowa’s orchards this fall for weekend after weekend of idyllic weather and prime apple-picking conditions.

And orchard owners have loved it — [...]

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Indian Creek Nature Center wants 78 acres of city-owned land

CEDAR RAPIDS — Indian Creek nature center wants to acquire 78 acres of city land for free that it currently leases for $1 a year and has managed for the city since 1973.

John Myers, the center’s executive director, said Monday [...]

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Iowa scientists point climate change’s effect on health

DES MOINES — Iowans are feeling firsthand the effects of climate change, a coalition of Iowa scientists said Friday.

At a Statehouse news conference Friday, lead authors released “The Iowa Climate Statement 2014: Impacts on the [...]

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EPA official encouraged by Iowa water quality initiative

DES MOINES — Voluntary efforts to reduce farm chemicals and nutrients from flowing into Iowa waterways are showing encouraging signs, but challenges remain for stemming pollution issues that are causing problems for states downstream, a fed [...]

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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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