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The Iowa Environmental Council cordially invites members and supporters to our 2013 Environmental Lobby Day at the statehouse.
This year’s event will be especially memorable because members of the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Alliance and the Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy (IWLL) Coalition are also planning to turn out in large numbers to support clean water and a healthy Iowa Environment. (The Council is a member of both groups.)
WHERE: First floor rotunda, Iowa State Capitol building, Des Moines
WHEN: Tuesday, February 26, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (We’re planning a short press conference for mid-morning; the exact time will be announced soon.)
Commit to attend Lobby Day in person and we’ll send you updates about the event by e-mail!
Environmental Lobby Day is your chance to join with a broad coalition of Iowans to talk with your elected representatives in person about why protecting Iowa’s air, water, and land really matters. We encourage all friends of Iowa’s environment to join us in person for this event.
You are welcome to drop in any time throughout the day, but we will hold a short press conference at 11:00 a.m. that we encourage you to attend.
Supporters of clean water are encouraged to wear blue for this event.
8:00 a.m. Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy will hold a briefing on the Natural Resource and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund in the Wallace Building Auditorium.
Following that, supporters will walk across Grand Avenue to the statehouse to meet with legislators. Iowa Environmental Council member and partner organizations will have table displays in the Rotunda.
11:00 a.m. The Iowa Environmental Council will hold a brief press conference highlighting our key legislative priorities.
Never lobbied before? No problem. Iowa Environmental Council staff will be on hand throughout the day to support you, and you’ll be able to pick up a handy guide to the Council’s legislative priorities to help you decide what you’d like to talk about. It also never hurts to bring a friend to join you as you chat with legislators.
Can’t travel to Des Moines? This is the perfect time to join our Action Alert Network. On February 26, we’ll e-mail you a link to contact your legislators via e-mail. It’s a great way to participate from wherever you live. And as an Action Alert Volunteer, you’ll be ready to speak out to decision-makers on a variety of environmental issues right when it matters most.
Next Raccoon River Watershed Association (RRWA) Meeting–Hotel Pattee, Downtown, Perry, Iowa
Friday –Dec. 7
7:30 p.m. Show “America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. “Ding” Darling” --Hotel Pattee, Perry, Iowa,
Saturday–Dec. 8, 9:30—11:00 a.m. Board meeting
General Meeting–11:00 to 11:25 –Sandra Somers (CUSV) editor of the new book: “Storm over Raccoon River” will talk about how locals formed Citizens United to Save the Valley and stopped the Army Corps of Engineers from building the Jefferson Dam on the North Raccoon River. Copies of the book will be available.
11:30–12:00–Susan Heathcote (Iowa Environmental Council Water Quality Specialist) will talk about pollution reduction strategies for the Raccoon River.
“—The Raccoon River Watershed Association is a group of citizens dedicated to the stewardship of the Raccoon River. It seeks to preserve and enhance the river and its watershed. It will strive to improve the quality of the river and its watershed so that citizens can safely enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing, hunting, hiking, bird watching and other outdoor recreational activities. The association will engage in education, networking, cleanup, assessment and policy making to achieve these ends.”
Dues special! $1
Join! Send $1, name, phone, e-mail address to Mike Murphy
6507 Del Matro, Windsor Heights, Ia 50324
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