Since 1981
Updated January 9, 2015

Welcome to the
official website of the
Cedar Wapsie Group
of the Iowa Chapter
of the Sierra Club.

Connie Lehman
(319) 533-5946

Mike Wyrick
(319) 393-8948

Conservation Co-Chair
Chapter Delegate
Helen Administrator
Pam Mackey Taylor
(319) 366-2428

Outing Chair/Secretary
Michele O'Connor
(319) 365-3601

Political Chair
Robb Hogg
(319) 247-0223

Vince O'Connor
(319) 365-3601

Environmental Education Chair
Elwood Garlock
(319) 247-0223

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-- Backbone Winter Outing --

Our Sierra Winter Outing will be at Backbone cabins again, this year from February 6-8. Here are the basics of how that weekend works:

Our Winter Outing is in posh Cabin #9 at Backbone State Park, near Strawberry Point- about an hour from CR. The cabins are two-story, heated, have a stove/oven, refrigerator, microwave, pots and pans, a shower- and best of all- beds. There are "beds" for a total of 9 people each night, and a few more can sleep on their own cots/pads, for a maximum of 12 people each night. Early registrants will be given sleeping priority, so write me back and reserve your bed ASAP.

It's $20 per night, or ($30 for both nights) per person, for lodging. You'll need to bring your own sleeping bag/bedding and towels. Cabin #9 at Backbone has a great view of the lake, and we'll be planning on snowshoeing, x-country skiing, hiking, etc., depending on the weather. Bring your appropriate equipment. We can get in any time after 4 on Friday, and we need to be out by 1pm on Sunday. If you are interested, or you have any questions, please email or call me on my cell, 319-533-6529. I hope you are able to join us.

Directions: Only the south entrance is open. From CR, you just go North on Highway 13, through Manchester, and continue north to E64 where you'll turn left (west) and go to Dundee. This road will curve north into town, then you continue North on W69 which takes you to the park. Once you turn into the park, you take a quick right to go up to the cabins. If you end up in the outdoor camping area (like we all did the first year) then you need to loop around and come back down and go left just before you get back to the main road.

As far as food, we are on our own for food Friday night and Saturday lunch (with lots of sharing). We will provide Saturday breakfast and Sunday breakfast. We will also provide our entree for Sat night. If the rest of you could bring a side/salad/desert, then that should about do it. Please write me if you have any thoughts or questions.

-- Issues of Concern --

No building in the flood plain

The proposed Cedar Rapids levee system should protect both sides of the river, should include upstream wetland restoration, and should protect the Cedar Rapids sewage treatment system

Outdoor wood boilers banned, in order to protect public health

Sensitive area ordinance, to protect the natural areas in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids policies should promote infill, rather than building on the outskirts

Dismantling Sixth Street Coal plant should include removing the coal-ash ponds and cleaning up the pollutants

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By Senator Rob Hogg
Climate action was not a losing message in the elections. For US Senate, six strong leaders for climate action were elected: Gary Peters (Michigan), Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire), Jeff Merkley (Oregon), Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Tom Udall (New Mexico), and Al Franken (Minnesota). In a Congressional race in Nebraska, Republican Representative Lee Terry – that state’s leading advocate for the Keystone pipeline – was defeated. But with the new Republican majority in the US Senate, there is a belief that environmental laws must be weakened or repealed to make way for so-called economic growth. Despite Lee Terry’s loss, one of the first targets on the GOP list is the Keystone pipeline. That makes our efforts to speak up for climate action more important than ever. Make sure your elected officials understand we already have too much greenhouse gas pollution in our atmosphere. Let’s draw a red line in the atmosphere and commit to stopping the buildup of greenhouse gases before 2030. Reach out to community leaders, community groups, and the news media to educate them about the dangers of climate change as well as the climate solutions that work. Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to join the Sierra Club and other groups that are leading the way for climate action and environmental protection. Personal action continues to be important because it shows that the solutions work. At home, at work, and in your community, you can conserve energy, prepare for extreme weather, divest from fossil fuels, and invest in clean energy. Climate solutions – like energy efficiency, wind, and solar – create jobs, save consumers money, and protect health and the environment. With sustained education about the importance of the environment and climate action, we can elect candidates and adopt laws that will improve health, broaden prosperity, and safeguard our people and property from the effects of climate change. Here is the contact information from the Secretary of State’s office for our newly elected and re-elected federal representatives:
Senator-Elect Joni Ernst
910 N. 6th Street
Red Oak, IA 51566
(712) 621-4931

Representative-Elect Rod Blum
11361 Oakland Farms Road
Dubuque, IA 52003
(563) 580-3916

Representative Dave Loebsack
326 N. Westminster St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 804-9218

(Contact Connnie Lehman for details on Calendar Events)

February 6 - 8, 2015
Overnight in cabin at Backbone State Park.
More information to follow.

March 21, 2015
Annual Dinner
More information to follow.

May 3, 2015
Roadside Cleanup
2:00 - 4:00 PM at County Home Road and Center Point Road.

Volunteers Needed

Fact: We need your help and participation.

The Sierra Club is a vibrant, active , and effective group of people like you. But our local groups cannot survive without your help.

Please help the Cedar-Wapsie Group continue by volunteering some of your time, energy, ideas, or skills.

Most of the Chair positions (left column) need help. Call any of these people to find out why they volunteer and how you can contribute.

Care about the local environment, have a special skill, and want to make a difference? Volunteer by contacting Group Chair, Connnie Lehman or any of the people listed on the left.