Get in some outdoor time.
Our Sierra Club Groups in Iowa regularly plan outings and other
activities. Select a Local Group in the My backyard dropdown menu
and get details of the outings groups have planned.
Tappaan Lodge Outings
to get away? Check out the activities being offered at the Sierra
Club's Clair Tappaan Lodge at the Sierra Nevada of California mountains in
the middle of the Tahoe National Forest.
The Iowa Chapter developed a survey to find
out what our members and supporters are interested in. This will help us better
understand how to contact you when your issue arises. We'd love to hear
about what matters most to you, what issues you're involved in, if you have
time to work with us, and more!
take a few minutes to complete our survey.
about volunteer activities and upcoming projects. Click here
for more information.
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Are you interested in what is going on with our lawmakers in Des Moines? See the Legislation that is of interest to you, your environment, and your community.
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Manure Spills and Fish Kills
Find out where the latest
manure spill and/or fish kill occurred here...
The Department of Natural Resources has
posted fish consumption advisories for nine sites. Find out where
they are here...
rainwater or snow melt need somewhere to go. Often, the sewage
bypasses a treatment plant thus preventing sewage from backing up into
basements. Facilities are required to report bypasses
caused by mechanical failures to the DNR within 12 hours of onset or
discovery. Facilities do not have to immediately report bypasses from
precipitation events, but must include them in their monthly operating
report to the DNR. Click here
to see the most current information about your city's bypass history this
for living well and doing good.
Are Not People
Sierra Club has joined a coalition to advance the efforts to amend the
constitution so that corporations are not persons. Find
out more and sign the MoveToAmend
DONATE TO THE IOWA CHAPTER
The Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club
now accepts PayPal so you can help financially support Iowa Sierra
Club's objectives for clean air, clean water and a cleaner
a non-deductible donation to the Iowa Chapter.
can also make a tax deductible donation to the Iowa Chapter.
Loess Hills Seminar
The 2014 Loess Hills Prairie Seminar has been scheduled for
the evening of May 30 and until noon June 1 in northwest Iowa. Find
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy
The Iowa Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural
Resources and Iowa State University has released its Iowa Nutrient
Reduction Strategy. The strategy is supposed to include plans for
reducing the amount of Nitrogen and Phosphorus that flow from the Mississippi
River watershed into the Gulf of Mexico, where the pollutants contribute to
the dead zone.
The strategy, however, addresses a reduction in Nitrogen and
Phosphorus resulting from non-point sources (primarily agriculture) by
voluntary compliance, more research and additional technology.
Read the strategy
document. Be advised that the Nutrient Reduction Strategy is 197
The Iowa Chapter submitted comments on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy are being
the Iowa Chapter's comments. Read
2012 Iowa Scientists: Drought
Consistent with Climate Change
Iowans can expect more extreme weather
like the 2012 drought thanks to changes in the climate caused by greenhouse
gases. That’s according to a statewide group of Iowa scientists who believe
that Iowans should act now to reduce economic costs due to climate
EPA Representatives Meet
The EPA has posted its draft work plan agreement with the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources. The Iowa DNR has yet to sign it.
the draft agreement.
VII EPA representatives met with members of Sierra Club Iowa Chapter and Iowa Citizens
for Community Improvement in
Des Moines in
October. David Cozad, Regional Counsel, and Karen Flournoy, Water,
Wetlands and Pesticides Division director, heard from those affected by
CAFOs and answered questions.
meeting was part of an ongoing effort to keep communication lines open
between EPA and members of three organizations who filed a dedelegation
petition in September 2007 that would strip the Iowa DNR of its
authority to manage federally mandated water permitting
EPA Region 7 in Kansas City
also accepted comments on
regulation of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Iowa.
Officials wanted to hear from members of the public about the problems with CAFOs and
how CAFOs can be better regulated to protect the public and the
Read the comments
submitted by Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, Iowa Citizens for Community
Improvement and the Environmental Integrity Project, the three
organizations that filed the dedelegation petition that prompted the
EPA has posted documents on
its website pertaining to the investigation. Read all
public comments submitted.
Go to our CAFOs
page to learn more.
EPC Takes No Action to Extend Ban of Manure on Soybeans
On October 16, 2012, the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission (EPC)
decided not to permanently extend a rule banning the application of liquid
swine manure to soybean fields.
In 2006, then-EPC members passed a rule limiting the application of
swine manure to soybeans at the rate of 100 pounds per acre, and
completely banning the application in five years. The commissioners
stipulated that further research would be examined at the end of five
years to determine if scientific evidence supported a full ban.
The results of three studies presented to the EPC indicated a full ban
should be implemented. All three studies conducted by Iowa State
University indicate that nitrate concentrations are higher in waters
draining from soybean fields where swine manure is applied than when the
manure is applied only to corn.
EPC’s decision to do nothing results in continuation of the rule that
the application of swine manure to soybeans will continue to be restricted
to 100 pounds per acre.
Nitrogen and phosphorus in the water draining into the Mississippi
River contribute to the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Find
out more about the new research and why applying liquid swine manure
to soybeans must be stopped.
Honored by Sierra Club
and Pam Mackey-Taylor of Marion recently received the national Sierra
Club’s Susan E. Miller award at the Sierra Club’s annual meeting August 4
in San Francisco. The
E. Miller Award
honors exceptional contributions by individual Sierra Club members to
chapters in organization or management.
Pam and Wally have volunteered their time in various capacities with the
Chapter, including both of them serving as Iowa Chapter chairs at different
Cedar Rapids attorney, Wally currently serves as Legal Chair.
Pam presently chairs the Fundraising committee and co-chairs the
Energy committee with her husband, Wally.
Your Piece of America
Sierra Club launched My
Piece of America, where we encourage you to share your favorite
outdoor place and take action to protect special areas.
Many of our favorite wild places -- from the striking red rock deserts
of the Southwest to the cool, leafy city park where you take your kids
-- need your help to protect them from threats like oil drilling and
One way you can help right now is by urging President Obama to designate
some of America's best wild places as national monuments.
and share a photo of your favorite piece of America with your family
and friends, and inspire them to take action, too.
Club Challenges Constitutionality of Legislative Rules Review Committee
On March 21,
2012, the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in Polk County
District Court alleging that the Iowa Legislature’s Administrative
Rules Review Committee (ARRC) is unconstitutional. The Sierra Club
alleges that the Iowa law creating the ARRC violates the separation of
powers in the Iowa Constitution because it authorizes the ARRC, a
legislative oversight committee, to suspend the implementation of an
administrative rule legally adopted by the executive branch of
rule being challenged in the lawsuit was adopted by the Natural Resource
Commission in July 2011. The
Commission amended its dove-hunting season rule to ban the use of lead
shot. The ARRC allowed the hunting season but delayed implementation of
the ban on lead shot until legislators could address the ban during the
2012 legislative session.
have three separate and equal branches of government,” said Wally
Taylor, the Cedar Rapids attorney representing the Sierra Club. “The
legislative branch through the ARRC cannot constitutionally stop the
actions of the executive branch acting through the Natural Resource
February, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution permanently
prohibiting the ban on lead-based ammunition.
The Senate resolution has not yet been debated.
In addition to the Administrative Rules Review Committee, the lawsuit
names the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for implementing the
Gov. Terry Branstad issued Executive
Order 77 that rescinded the portion of the rule that banned
lead-based ammunition to hunt Mourning Doves. Sierra Club will be
dropping its lawsuit against the ARRC.
Water Report Card
See how Iowa's delegation in the U.S. House of
Representatives scored on Sierra Club's Clean
Water Report Card.
Chair Says "There are Two Sides to Every Fact"
David Petty, the Environmental
Protection Commission (EPC) chair, scolded
Glori Dei Filippone, a 13-year-old girl, for being a vegetarian at the June 2011 EPC meeting.
Petty also warned Glori to be sure to
have her facts straight because "...there are two sides to every
fact." Glori made a presentation to the Commission after petitioning the
Department of Natural Resources to enact rules to regulate greenhouse
gases in Iowa. The EPC voted down
the petition. See
the video shot by Kent Newman of Full Spectrum Productions.
Terry Branstad launched his weekly video initiative in 2011 where he answers
questions submitted via Twitter, Facebook, email and via his
website. Watch the governor's videos or send in a question. See
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