News Release | Environment Iowa

Clean Water Act Turns 40 – Progress Made, More Needed

“Today, the Mississippi and Des Moines Rivers don’t threaten to ignite.  But we face a new set of problems. Thanks to two polluter-driven court cases, too many of our waterways are currently unprotected under the clean water act.  In fact here in Iowa 62% of our streams may be unprotected from pollution under the Clean Water Act, risking the health of 667 thousand Iowans and hundreds of acres of our wetlands.”

News Release | Environment Iowa

New Report: Extreme Downpours Up 35 Percent in Iowa

Eleven months after a heavy rainstorm led to record flooding that devastated Council Bluffs, a new Environment Iowa report confirms that extreme rainstorms are happening 35 percent more frequently in Iowa since 1948.

News Release | Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center

6.2 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Iowa’s Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped over 6.2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Iowa’s waterways, according to a new report released today by Environment Iowa and coauthored by the Frontier Group. Iowa ranks 15th in the nation for this kind of dumping. The report -- Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act -- also discloses that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.

News Release | Environment Iowa

6.2 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Iowa’s Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped over 6.2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Iowa’s waterways, according to a new report released today by Environment Iowa and coauthored by the Frontier Group. Iowa ranks 15th in the nation for this kind of dumping. The report -- Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act -- also discloses that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.

News Release | Environment Iowa Research & Policy Center

Every Iowa County Hit By At Least One Recent Weather Disaster; New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather

Des Moines, IA—After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment Iowa report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.  The report found that, already, every Iowa county has been hit by at least one federally declared weather-related disaster since 2006. 2011’s Missouri River flooding, which caused an estimated $200 million in crop losses in western Iowa alone, was one of the extreme weather events highlighted in the report.

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