Environment

Cranes make comeback

LINN COUNTY — It didn’t take long for a pair of sandhill cranes to prove the adage, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ ... »

Cedar Lake coming off impaired waters list after 29 years

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Lake near downtown is slated to come off the state’s impaired waters list where it has languished since 1986 wit ... »

Ron Corbett helps head new water-quality organization

CEDAR RAPIDS — Mayor Ron Corbett helped launch a new statewide organization Monday that seeks to work with farmers and the agricultural indu ... »

Outdated oil tank cars involved in another Midwest derailment

Five days after federal regulators announced strict new rules for the tank car trains that hauled more than 490,000 loads of oil last year, a train ... »

Al Gore urges Iowans to make climate change an issue

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowans can help make climate change an issue in the next presidential election cycle, former Vice President Al Gore said Tues ... »

Prairiewoods Spiritual Conference defines spirituality broadly

HIAWATHA — An annual spring conference at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Hiawatha broadens the concept of spirituality to go ... »

Cedar Rapids library earns LEED Platinum rating

CEDAR RAPIDS — The downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library, which opened in August 2013 to replace the library damaged in the Flood of 2008, ha ... »

Lakes and rivers are the key attractions for Iowa’s parks

Clean water, a top priority for outdoor recreationists, is on the upswing in Eastern Iowa’s state and county parks.

The Department of ... »

Waste Not: Reduce, reuse, recycle more relevant than ever

Five hundred tons of garbage is dumped into the landfill on County Home Road in Marion each day. That's 180,000 tons of garbage each year.

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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 ... »