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New Changes to Iowa’s Natural Resources

By |2017-04-26T08:27:01-05:00June 2nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Environment, Featured, Recent News|

This year, the Legislature worked on many bills relating to Iowa’s natural resources. One piece of legislation gives the State Forest Nursery more flexibility in pricing the seeds and plants they sell. The nursery provides good-quality native plant materials to the public at fair prices and will now be able to sell seeds in smaller quantities [...]

Homeowners Affected Under New CAFO Law

By |2017-04-25T11:56:48-05:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Agriculture, Environment, Featured, Recent News|

Iowa homeowners whose quality of life or property values have been impacted by confined feeding operations (CAFOS) may now have even fewer options. Under a bill approved by the Republican-led Legislature, if a CAFO moves next to your property and ruins the value and enjoyment of your land, damages are now capped and no further legal [...]

Republicans Slash Millions from Water Quality Plan Passed Just 3 Days Ago

By |2016-04-14T14:20:20-05:00April 14th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Session Information, Environment, Featured|

In a spending plan released by Republicans today, lawmakers learned efforts to improve water quality passed just three days ago would now be scaled back by $2 million next year. “I’m stunned Republicans have broken their promise in just three days and already cut $2 million from their water quality plan. The plan was already dramatically [...]

Tree Grants Available from the DNR

By |2014-07-17T09:45:43-05:00July 17th, 2014|Categories: Environment, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

Two state programs are offering tree grants to communities to help with tree care, inventory, and pest management and provide hands on opportunities for kids to plant trees in their communities. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will accept 10 communities this year, and 10 communities next year, to provide training on identification, health, inventory, [...]

2014 Session Recap: Governor Vetoes $9 Million in Added Money to REAP

By |2014-06-11T09:35:04-05:00June 20th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Environment, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

The Legislature ended the session with  $25 million for the Resource Enhancement and Protection Fund, often referred to as REAP, from annual funding sources this year. In their 2014 annual report, the REAP Congress, which directs the workings of REAP and provide REAP policy suggestions, voted unanimously to recommend that the Iowa Legislature provide REAP with [...]

2014 Session Recap: Renewable Energy Tax Credits Expanded

By |2014-06-09T14:01:55-05:00June 16th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Environment, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Several bills passed this session will extend renewable energy efforts across the state. Senate File 2340 triples the amount of tax credits that are available to Iowans for installing solar energy projects, to a total of $4.5 million annually. The bill also increases the amount of money that individuals can claim for installing solar energy installations. [...]

Celebrating 25 Years of REAP

By |2014-03-25T11:31:28-05:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: Agriculture, Environment, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , |

The Iowa House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution this week commending all Iowans who have contributed their time, energy, and commitment to ensure the success of Iowa’s nationally recognized Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. Individual Iowans and visitors to our state are encouraged to participate in an outdoor activity or event during this 25th [...]

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