Result

The biggest clean water victory in a decade.

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. Along with our allies, we delivered more than 170,000 public comments in support of clean water. And thanks to our efforts, the Obama administration is moving to finalize guidelines that will restore Clean Water Act protections to many of our waterways.

Result

Mercury pollution from power plants cut by 90%.

Iowa's power plants will release 90 percent less mercury pollution into our air and water under new EPA standards we supported—great news for Iowa's families, given mercury's toxic effects on how our kids think, learn and behave. Together with our national coalition, we helped mobilize more than 800,000 people across America to contact the EPA in support of safer emissions standards—no other EPA rule has ever received so much support.

Result

Increased funding for our environment.

In 2010, Iowa voters approved the Environment Iowa-backed constitutional amendment that established a trust fund dedicated to environmental protection and outdoor recreation. This amendment will ensure that our water, wildlife and and open spaces are protected for generations to come.

Result

Attacks on public health defeated—for now.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April 2011, the Senate defeated four more bills to cut air pollution.

Result

Bringing more clean energy to Iowa

It's clean. It's renewable. It's local. And thanks to our steady effort, we've doubled American wind capacity in just the past four years. Together, we'll call on our leaders at the local, state and national level to invest in more renewable energy like wind power, and keep moving Iowa forward on the path to a clean energy future.

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