04.05.2018 - West Des Moines, IA - On Wednesday, April 4, six awards were presented to individuals and groups for their work involving and improving urban forestry.

04.03.2018 - Des Moines, IA -NRCS is announcing the availability of CIG to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications will be accepted from eligible entities for projects carried out in the state of Iowa. A total of up to $500,000 is available for CIG in FY 2018. All non-Federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of Federal agencies. Projects may be between one and three years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2018 is $75,000.

03.06.2018 - Des Moines, IA - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today administered the oath of office to Bill Northey at the Annual Iowa Ag Leaders Dinner. Until yesterday, Northey had served as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, a position he had held for more than eleven years.  Northey will serve as the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service (FFAS)* at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

02.22.2018 - Des Moines - Eleven businesses will participate in DNR’s 2018 Pollution Prevention (P2) Intern Program. Upper-level college and university students work on-site at Iowa companies for 12- or 24-week paid internships to research solutions and implement pollution prevention strategies that will increase efficiency, reduce costs and help meet companies’ environmental goals. 

01.01.2018 - COGGON — Canary in the coal mine? In Iowa, we have the mussel in the stream.

Iowa’s freshwater mussels depend on good water quality and proper habitat, as well as waters that support healthy fish to carry baby mussels (glochidia) to their future homes. So the number and types of mussels in an area – or the lack of – can tell you a lot about the health of a stream or river.

01.29.18 - EPA’s Water Modeling Workgroup is hosting a series of webinars to help water quality professionals better understand surface water quality modeling and how models can be used to solve common problems that face water quality regulators.

01.26.18 - Ames, Iowa - Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership (ISWEP) invites the public to nominate outstanding performance related to urban watershed protection and improvement in water quality in Iowa for an award.

01.09.2018 - Lenexa, KS - EPA is pleased to announce that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants will be available this week under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program.  EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. The Requests for Proposals will be posted on later this week.

01.09.2018 - Iowa City, Iowa - IIHR Research Engineer Chris Jones is recruiting public volunteers to participate in a new study that will measure nitrate levels in the Clear Creek and Middle Cedar watersheds. Participants in the project, titled Citizen Science: Water Monitoring, will use a smartphone application to detect nitrate levels using their phone’s camera.

01.09.2018 - Des Moines, Iowa - An active solicitation (beginning 1/8/2018) for grant applications for a DNR administered sub-award for watershed-based, Comprehensive Water Quality Management Planning is now open. The maximum award available at this time is $100,000. The term of the planning work shall be 18 months, beginning from the Awarded Contract start date. Due to grant deadlines, the term of work is currently preferred as 4/17/18 to 10/31/2019.

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