Job Opportunity: 1000 Friends of Iowa

1000 Friends of Iowa — a nonprofit organization focused on land use education founded in 1998 — is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and detail-oriented individual to fulfill the role of executive director. The executive director serves as the primary spokesperson for 1000 Friends of Iowa and cultivates audiences to support and promote the mission and vision of the organization. We seek someone quick-witted and politically savvy, with an ability to find common ground among individuals who may not share basic political beliefs. This person will run the day-to-day inner workings of a small non-profit including: overseeing financial and fundraising activities, conducting outreach and education programming, and collaborating with others to address local, regional and state-wide land use priorities.

Additional information about this opportunity, including desired qualifications, experience and benefits is available on the 1000 Friends of Iowa website here:

Applications will be accepted through February, 16 2015. No phone calls, please.

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to:

1000 Friends of Iowa
3850 Merle Hay Road, Suite 605
Des Moines, IA 50310

America Needs Clean Water

America Needs Clean Water T-shirt and stickers are now available at RAYGUN.

America Needs Clean Water T-shirt and stickers are now available at RAYGUN.

America Needs Farmers and Clean Water, and thanks to our neighbors up the street at RAYGUN, you can show off your style and support for protecting Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams with their recently released ANCW T-shirt and stickers.

And the best part? Not only will you look and feel good wearing it, you’ll be doing good, too. RAYGUN will generously donate a portion of the sales of both the T-shirts and the stickers to the Iowa Environmental Council. Pick your ANCW goods up here:

We’d love to see your ANCW pride. Snap a photo of yourself wearing your ANCW T-shirt or displaying your ANCW sticker, tag the Council and use the hashtag #ANCW_IA

We look forward to seeing environmentalists, farmers, outdoor recreationalists and sportsmen, health advocates, business owners, students, educators, urban and rural dwellers alike showing their support for clean water!

Join environmental advocates at the Capitol

Speaking face-to-face with legislators and showing that there is a broad base of support for a healthy environment is one of the best ways to help advance programs and policies that protect Iowa’s air, water and land.

Join environmental advocates from across the state to speak with elected representatives at these two upcoming events.

IWILL Day at the Capitol Mon., Jan. 26 | 1 p.m. First Floor Rotunda, Iowa State Capitol Please RVSP to ddonaghu@ls2group

IWILL Day at the Capitol
Mon., Jan. 26 | 1 p.m.
Iowa State Capitol  RSVP:ddonaghu@ls2group

IWILL Day at the Capitol

Join Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy (IWILL) to talk with legislators about the importance of funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund at IWILL Day at the Capitol.

Please contact your legislators to let them know you are coming to discuss funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.

Environmental Lobby Day Tues., Feb. 17 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Iowa State Capitol RSVP TO ATTEND

Environmental Lobby Day
Tues., Feb. 17
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Iowa State Capitol

2015 Environmental Lobby Day

Join the Iowa Environmental Council, REAP Alliance and fellow environmental advocates and organizations from across the state at the Iowa State Capitol to speak with legislators about the importance of protecting Iowa’s natural resources at 2015 Environmental Lobby Day.

Council member organizations, cooperator organizations and allies are invited to display at Environmental Lobby Day. All organizations that would like to display must pre-register, even if they have exhibited before. Display space is limited, so please act quickly.

An important session for Iowa’s environment

We’re half way into the second week of the 2015 Iowa Legislative Session, and the Council has been busy meeting with our partners and state’s elected officials to advocate for public policy that promotes a safe, healthy environment for all Iowans.

This session, we will continue to advocate for legislation that advances and protects programs and policies that support clean water, expand renewable energy and protect our state’s natural resources.

We will push for policies that support a transition to clean energy including wind, solar and energy efficiency; and lobby for legislation that improves water quality and reduces pollutants, resulting in water that is clean and safe for drinking, recreation and wildlife. Programs and policies we support will protect Iowa’s environment, and improve our state’s health, quality of life and economic opportunities.

You may read about our Water and Energy Program’s legislative areas of focus this year on our website:

> 2015 Water & Land Stewardship Legislative Priorities
> 2015 Clean Energy Legislative Priorities

We look forwarding to continuing to give Iowans a voice on these issues, and to connecting you to opportunities to be heard – including the one that exists right now.

Now is the time to remind our elected officials that there are constituents who care about clean water, renewable energy and climate change. Legislators may hear from other groups that these problems are not really problems, or that the problems are being taken care of, they just need time. But evidence to the contrary can be found in Iowa’s waterways, land and air.

Find your legislator here

Let your legislators know you care about Iowa’s natural resources, share your personal story, and ask what they will do to promote, advance and protect programs and policies that foster a safe, healthy environment and sustainable future for Iowa.

Iowans want action, not excuses

Today, the Water Resources and Coordinating Council (WRCC), which exists to “preserve and protect Iowa’s water resources, and to coordinate the management of those resources in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner,” held its bi-monthly meeting.

For the past year, the Iowa Environmental Council has attended these meetings (as it did today) and called upon the Water Resources Coordinating Council (WRCC) to set a timeline and local goals to reach the 45% statewide reduction goal set forth in Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS). Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has repeatedly failed to take a vote, or even attempt to gain consensus among WRCC members, to do so. Today was no different. Unfortunately refusing to acknowledge or address the issue does not cause it to cease to exist.

If the WRCC and the state’s leaders had listened to Iowans that raised questions about the all-voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy and taken meaningful action to address concerns about the lack of local goals, timelines, consistent water quality monitoring, transparency and sustainable funding, perhaps Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) wouldn’t have found it necessary to file intent of a lawsuit against three counties in northern Iowa.

We can blame nature, high rainfall or any other variety of factors, but this response won’t solve the problem. Iowans want to see actions, not excuses. Excuses don’t solve problems. The NRS is a voluntary strategy, and no watersheds in Sac, Calhoun of Buena Vista counties volunteered, so no WQI watershed projects have been proposed. How does the NRS plan to address water quality issues in these areas and others like them? These are questions the public wants and deserves to have answered.

The Iowa Environmental Council will continue to give voice to Iowan’s concerns about the state’s plan to reduce pollution in our lakes and rivers threatening safe drinking water and outdoor recreation, and call upon the WRCC to take the steps necessary to ensure we are making meaningful, scientifically-verifiable progress on achieving clean water in Iowa.