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Iowa beach advisories down for algae toxins, up for bacteria

The number of swimming advisories for algae toxins has dropped from a year ago, even though the state used a tougher standard, Iowa Department...

Iowa lawmakers blast USDA secretary after reports of Southern advantage in...

Iowa politicians from both parties blasted the U.S. Department of Agriculture after it reportedly favored Southern states in 2019 trade-war aid payments. The nonpartisan U.S....

Second state panel approves $100 million natural resources budget

The state would increase spending on lake restorations, water trails and park improvements as part of a proposed 2021-22 budget approved by a second...

DNR official: D.M. Superfund site cleanup pact a ‘clear success’

A top Iowa environmental official on Tuesday said the city of Des Moines’ decision to take ownership of a highly visible downtown Superfund site...

EPA turns down oil refineries’ biofuels exemption requests

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, less than two months before the Nov. 3 elections, has rejected small oil refineries' requests to blend less ethanol.  EPA...

DNR budget calls for increases for lake restoration, water trails

The Iowa Natural Resource Commission on Thursday endorsed a mostly status quo budget  that would seek more money for lake restoration and water trails.  The...

Des Moines would own Dico Superfund site, help pay for cleanup,...

The city of Des Moines would own the Dico Superfund site on the south edge of downtown and assume responsibility for cleanup under an...

For most, the derecho lasted 30 minutes. But it will take...

Hannah Scates Kettler and her husband dreamed of settling down in a rural area. Both were archaeologists. Both had deep family ties to plants and...

State parks see 11.1% jump in visits as COVID-weary Iowans head...

The centennial year for Iowa’s state parks has seen healthy jumps in park use as Iowans flock to outdoor areas during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Panel quickly dismisses ethics complaint against state senator

An Iowa Senate ethics committee on Friday quickly dismissed a complaint from two citizen groups alleging that a state senator involved in livestock operations...
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