Sierra Club

Former head of DNR’s livestock program opposes cattle barns near trout stream

BY: - June 29, 2021

The former director of Iowa’s livestock regulation program on Tuesday said a proposed 11,000-animal cattle operation near a northeast Iowa trout stream should have been built somewhere else. Gene Tinker, who lost his job in what the Iowa Department of Natural Resources called budget cuts in 2017, said the state’s approval of the Supreme Beef […]

Governor’s carbon panel excludes environmental groups

BY: - June 23, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed a task force on carbon sequestration that is devoid of representatives of Iowa environmental groups that have long studied the issue.  The panel named late Tuesday has representatives of agricultural companies, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, companies that promote carbon trading, Iowa State University, state agencies, biofuels interests, and the […]

Sierra Club eyes court action over N.E. Iowa cattle operation

BY: - June 4, 2021

Critics of a northeast Iowa cattle operation near a high-quality trout stream are considering a court appeal after the state’s top environmental official declined to review her agency’s approval of the feedlot. Supreme Beef wants to raise more than 10,000 cattle in a partially enclosed feedlot near Bloody Run Creek, not far from Monona in […]

Groups ask DNR to veto cattle operation near trout stream

BY: - May 25, 2021

More than 40 groups and individuals, including nine state lawmakers, have asked the state’s top environmental official to block a proposed cattle operation near a specially protected northeast Iowa trout stream. “Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a duty to protect Iowa water and landscapes from contamination that threatens public health and livelihoods,” the […]

Environmental groups demand hearing on cattle farm near trout stream

BY: - May 10, 2021

Environmentalists have filed a petition demanding a state hearing on the decision to allow a large cattle operation near a northeast Iowa trout stream. The Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, Iowa Environmental Council and conservationists Steve Veysey and Larry Stone requested the hearing regarding Supreme Beef’s plans for 11,600 cattle near Monona, close to Bloody Run […]

Bills look to expand farm-to-school program with private, federal funds

BY: - March 9, 2021

The state would set up a special fund to help schools buy local food for their cafeterias under a bill that lawmakers advanced Tuesday. The legislation, Senate File 359 and House File 482, do not seek a state appropriation. The legislation is meant to build on a successful experiment with $500,000 in CARES Act money […]

D.M. council eyes citywide conversion to 100% renewable energy

BY: - January 12, 2021

Des Moines homes and businesses would run entirely on renewable energy by 2035 under a resolution approved unanimously by the Des Moines City Council this week.  Environmentalists, council members and Mayor Frank Cownie welcomed the goal. Des Moines joins a list of 170 cities around the country attempting to use renewable energy to power everything.  […]

Pattison delays appeal hearing after Chicago Mercantile Exchange eyes water trading

BY: - November 6, 2020

A judge has granted Pattison Sand Co. a one-year delay in a hearing on its proposal to export Iowa water to western states after the Chicago Mercantile Exchange announced it would pursue water futures trading on NASDAQ. Pattison is seeking a permit allowing it to export water from wells in Clayton along the Mississippi River […]

Alliant Energy to close Lansing plant, convert Burlington facility to gas, add solar

BY: - October 29, 2020

Alliant Energy on Thursday announced it will close its Lansing coal plant and convert its Burlington coal plant to natural gas. The investor-owned utility said it will replace the power with a 400-megawatt solar installation by 2023 and a 100 megawatts in scattered smaller solar installations by 2026. The Burlington plant will be converted to […]

Hydrologist says Iowa company’s water export plan would set bad precedent

BY: - October 22, 2020

Pattison Sand Co. in Clayton could pump large amounts of water from the Jordan Aquifer in far northeastern Iowa without hurting supplies elsewhere, but the company’s plan to export the water sets a bad precedent, a state hydrologist said Thursday.  Mike Gannon of the Iowa Geological Survey said allowing exports to Oregon and other western […]

Sierra Club moves to block Pattison’s water export proposal

BY: - October 13, 2020

Pattison Sand Co. of Clayton has appealed the state’s triple rejection of its permit application to export Iowa water to western states by rail, and the Sierra Club has intervened to oppose the permit. The nonprofit environmental group on Tuesday noted it had filed an intervention with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, which […]

Sierra Club calls for hearings on water export proposal

BY: - May 12, 2020

The Iowa Chapter of the nonprofit environmental group Sierra Club has called for a scientific study of a northeast Iowa sand mine’s proposal to export water from Iowa’s Jordan Aquifer wells. Pattison Sand Co.’s proposal should also be subject to public hearings, Sierra Club maintained in a news release. The group called on the Iowa […]