Posts Tagged ‘DNR’
Dept. of Natural Resources factory farm hearings, Des Moines and Iowa City
Last Thursday, we scored a victory when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that our Iowa DNR is lacking in enforcement and regulation of factory farms and must make improvements. Now’s the time to deliver that message to the DNR and tell them to crack down on factory farms.
Tuesday, July 17 9 am, Des Moines – Help us tell the Environmental Protection Commission to stop a Poweshiek Co. factory farm expansion permit. Meet at the Iowa CCI office, we’ll carpool together.
Wednesday, July 18 1 pm, Iowa City – Tell the DNR to dump the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) attempt at watering down important water quality protections. Kirkwood Community College, 1816 Lower Muscatine Road, Iowa City.
“Fire Rastetter” meetings in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City
Tuesday, July 17 7 pm, Cedar Falls – Cedar Falls Rec. Center, 110 E. 13th St
Wednesday, July 18 7 pm, Iowa City – Old Brick, 26 E. Market St
Thursday, July 19 7 pm, Ames – Unitarian Fellowship, 1015 N. Hyland
We’ll discuss AgriSol Energy’s Tanzania project, Iowa State’s involvement in the project, Regent Bruce Rastetter’s conflict of interest, and the next big steps in getting Rastetter off the Board of Regents.
And, we’ll be joined by our friends from Food and Water Watch, who recently released a report titled “Public Research, Private Gain”. They will talk about how the AgriSol Tanzania project figures into the larger picture of increasing corporate control of our land grant universities.
Payday loan ordinance hearing, Iowa City
The Iowa City Zoning and Planning Commission will vote on the tough new local ordinance we’ve been pushing to crack down on predatory payday lending. Thursday, July 19 6:30 pm Iowa City City Hall, 410 E Washington.
As you can see it’s a busy week ahead. I hope you can join us. For more information or to let us know you’ll be at one of the events above please reply to this email or give us a call at 515-282-0484.
Thanks again for a memorable weekend and for all you do,
Action Alert From the Iowa Sierra Club:
The Iowa House of Representatives will soon consider House File 2449, referred to as the “efficiency” bill, that directs the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to inventory all of its public lands (Division V, Section 16) and prohibits the DNR from purchasing any additional agricultural land (Division V, Section 17).
Tell your Iowa House Representative that you oppose these sections of the bill.
Risks Iowa’s Water Quality. Iowa law defines agricultural land as virtually all land in Iowa. The DNR would be prohibited from purchasing wetlands, prairies, parks and river buffers to protect water quality.
Sacrifices the Natural Legacy. This land does not belong to the government. It belongs to Iowans. Don’t let anyone hijack our state’s future.
Is Fiscally Irresponsible. Public land in Iowa generates nearly $4 billion annually. HF2449 sacrifices the land we all share, land that is important to our economy.
Rep. Chris Hall (D-Woodbury) and Rep. Mary Gaskill (D-Wapello) have introduced H-8403 that strips all references to public lands from HF2449.
Neila Seaman, Director
Iowa Sierra Club