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News Release | Environment Iowa

Congress to block protections for 44,432 miles of stream in Iowa

Sixty two percent of streams across the state could remain vulnerable to development and pollution, under a bill expected to win approval today by the U.S. House of Representatives. The waters affected flow into rivers such as the Des Moines River, and help provide drinking water for 667,428 Iowans.

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News Release | Environment Iowa

Big Creek Lake and other waterways key to summer fun

With 397, 088 fishing licenses, tags, and permits, as well as 223,228 registered boats in Iowa alone, it’s no wonder that Big Creek Lake and Saylorville Lake are popular summer destinations. Nearly 11.5 million people visit state parks with waterways in the summertime, according to Environment Iowa’s new Summer Fun Index. The new fact sheet comes as summer draws to close, and as officials consider a new rule to restore protections for 62% of the state’s rivers and streams.

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News Release | Environment Iowa

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Iowa’s Rivers in a Decade

In the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 62% of Iowa’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

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News Release | Environment Iowa

Small Business Owners, Farmers, Elected Officials Support EPA Proposal to Protect Iowa’s Waterways

Coming off the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, Environment Iowa released a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency signed by 300 small business owners nationwide, including 17 in Iowa, to express support for the EPA’s proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections to many of Iowa’s waterways by closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act that currently leave 62% of Iowa’s streams and the drinking water for 667,000 Iowans at risk of unchecked pollution.

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Report | Environment Iowa

Wind Energy for a Cleaner America

A new report released by Environment Iowa shows that Iowa’s wind energy is already avoiding more than 8.4 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution – the equivalent of taking 1.7 million cars off the road, while saving nearly 3.8 billion gallons of water per year – enough to meet the needs of over 158,000 people.

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