Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Experts: Fixing Iowa waterways will take legislation, legal action and $5B

BY: - June 18, 2021

Fixing Iowa’s significant water-quality problems will take a brew of legal action and legislation and $5 billion, two experts told Iowa PBS Friday. Des Moines Water Works CEO Ted Corrigan and Iowa Flood Center co-founder Larry Weber said on “Iowa Press” that Friday’s decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to dismiss environmental groups’ lawsuit seeking […]

Supreme Court dismisses case demanding state do more to protect Raccoon River

BY: - June 18, 2021

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by environmental groups contending the state doesn’t properly protect the Raccoon River, a major drinking water source and recreational river. The seven justices, with three dissents, ruled that Food & Water Action and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement didn’t have standing to file the lawsuit and […]

Water Works faces ‘catastrophe’ as Raccoon River ranks among nation’s most endangered

BY: - April 13, 2021

Des Moines Water Works will face a “catastrophe” unless Iowa finds a way to reduce farm pollution in the Raccoon River, which on Tuesday was named as one of the nation’s most endangered, the utility’s CEO said. “It is clear, given the ammonia, phosphorus, and thousands of pounds of nitrogen that flow past our treatment […]

Environmental groups to push lawmakers for regulations, money in battle against water pollution

BY: - January 4, 2021

Iowa environmental groups plan to push state lawmakers for new regulations and added spending on water quality after problems with beach bacteria, farm runoff and fish kills continued last year. The calls for action come after algae toxins prompted the Des Moines Water Works to declare the Des Moines River “essentially unusable” for tap water […]

Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments over water quality in Raccoon River

BY: - December 16, 2020

Environmental groups that want the state to regulate farm pollution running into waterways took their arguments to the Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Action sued the state over pollution in the Raccoon River. They argued that the voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy the state employs to fight […]

Panel quickly dismisses ethics complaint against state senator

BY: - September 4, 2020

An Iowa Senate ethics committee on Friday quickly dismissed a complaint from two citizen groups alleging that a state senator involved in livestock operations had improperly benefited from legislation he supported.  The complaint involved Sen. Ken Rozenboom, R-Oskaloosa, and was filed by Food & Water Action and Iowa Citizens for Committee improvement.  A bipartisan six-member […]

Citizens group petitions Reynolds to require masks in public

BY: - July 1, 2020

There’s no hiding it — masks are the COVID-19 story of the week, in Iowa and around the nation. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has started a #MaskUpIA petition drive asking Gov. Kim Reynolds to require Iowans to wear masks or other face coverings in public. More than 1,500 people have signed the petition since […]

State panel stands by controversial livestock pollution scoring system

BY: - April 22, 2020

A governor-appointed panel charged with protecting Iowans from health-threatening pollution has decided not to push for changes in livestock rules. Critics say the rules are a “joke” and don’t protect the public. A majority of members of the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission said they don’t want to ask for changes in the scorecard used by […]

Environmental groups rake DNR, EPA leniency on rules; businesses in favor

BY: - April 1, 2020

Twin actions by federal and state environmental regulators to ease up on monitoring and enforcement during the COVID-19 outbreak has Iowa environmental groups fearing governments are using the virus to further an anti-regulation campaign that could itself cost lives. A key business organization says the moves are warranted and wise. And the U.S. Environmental Protection […]

Activists admit livestock confinement moratorium dead for this year

BY: - February 13, 2020

For all their sign-waving and news conference comments, environmentalists admitted this week they have virtually no chance of getting even a hearing on their proposed moratorium on large livestock confinements in Iowa.  Emma Schmit of Rockwell City was in town Tuesday in her role as a Food and Water Action organizer, joining Des Moines-based Iowa […]

State senator: Water trails should wait for livestock confinement moratorium

BY: - January 23, 2020

Iowa State Sen. Claire Celsi, D-West Des Moines, on Thursday said a proposed moratorium on construction of animal confinements in Iowa should be in place before Des Moines and other communities install whitewater courses and other recreational attractions in the state’s heavily polluted rivers. Celsi appeared at a rally in the Statehouse rotunda organized by […]

Rally on Thursday to oppose new livestock confinements

BY: - January 21, 2020

Iowa Citizens for Community improvement plans a rally Thursday at the Wallace State Office Building in favor of a moratorium on construction or expansion of livestock confinements. More than 100 people are expected to attend. The nonprofit consumer/environmental group has long contended that large-scale confinements are making neighbors sick, are a major source of water […]