The promise of jobs won out over the rights of property owners, as both the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Utilities Board today gave the go-ahead to use Iowa farmland to run an oil pipeline through the state, despite an outcry from the landowners and environmentalists. Eminent domain will be allowed to be […]
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IOWA CITY – It was a ribbon-cutting ceremony unlike any other. There were crowds, music, refreshments, ribbon and scissors, but the Ecopolis Center that was in the spotlight Jan. 24 in Iowa City sported something that most facilities celebrated with a grand opening do not: a demolition notice on its front door. “It’s a community […]
By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – Protesters braved frigid temperatures Tuesday to draw attention to a hot topic. Holding signs that read, “Veto KXL,” and “Say No!!” the gathering of about 10 people said they want to raise awareness not only about the Keystone XL pipeline, which has drawn national attention, but about the […]
A new group in Cedar Rapids has formed to educate the public about genetically modified organisms. GMO Awareness of Cedar Rapids began meeting in November and is already hosting its first big event: a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “Genetic Roulette,” on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
UPDATE: This photo (at right) shows what remained of the once-healthy oak tree as of the end of July 2014. CEDAR RAPIDS — The Kell family is saying good-bye to their front-yard tree. It’s not torrential rains, high winds or even a lightning strike that is spelling the end for the mature pin oak. This summer’s […]
As new, large-scale hog confinement facilities are debated in Linn County, comes news from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on one of the potential side effects of this type of operation. Of note, the corporation involved in the manure spill, Maschhoff LLC, cites on its website the company’s environmental philosophy: “Our environmental team is […]
IOWA CITY – The Iowa City homeowner whose front-yard garden led to a dispute with the city said he will comply with removing all of his plantings. Dr. Timothy Volm said he was given a July 31 deadline or the city would bulldoze the roses, native wildflowers and other plants that adorn his front yard.