About Environment Iowa
Who we are
Environment Iowa is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We believe there’s something special about Iowa — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s the shimmering grassland prairies of the Loess Hills, or the majestic limestone formations of the Maquoketa Caves, Iowa’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.
Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, shortsighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment Iowa. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
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What we do
Funded by supporters like you, we research the challenges confronting Iowa’s environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are — in public places or door to door — raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and raising funds to support our work.
When decisions are being made about Iowa’s environment, our elected officials hear plenty from oil companies, developers and other powerful interests. We make the case for our environment and help people like you make your voice heard — using methods like petitions, emails, letters and phone calls, all delivered to the right people just when it matters most.
Become a member
Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in protecting our air, water and open spaces by becoming a member of Environment Iowa today.
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Putting your support to work
Environment Iowa has a proven track record of winning real results for our environment.
- Protecting our rivers. Iowa's rivers and streams will soon be cleaner and better protected than they have been in a decade, thanks to new guidelines that we helped win. Over the last decade, Supreme Court decisions left more than 62% of Iowa's streams vulnerable to pollution—the same streams that feed and filter our rivers and drinking water supplies. But thanks to our efforts and those of our allies across the country, the Obama administration is moving to finalize guidelines that will restore Clean Water Act protections to many of our waterways.
- Keeping our air clean. Our staff, volunteers, and members put pressure on the federal government to update the Clean Air Act. Our advocacy worked – the EPA recently released a new rule that would control toxic mercury emissions from coal plants and save up to 34,000 lives each year.
- Preserving Iowa’s land, water, and wildlife. In 2010, Iowa voters approved the Environment Iowa-backed constitutional amendment that established a trust fund dedicated to environmental protection and outdoor recreation.