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  • BY KENT DARR & PERRY BEEMAN
    Tuesday, August 23, 2016 1:58 PM
    West Des Moines Water Works and the city of Waukee will vote today to launch a study looking into how they would keep taps running in the growing suburbs, as Urbandale continues work on its own treatment plant.

  • BY KENT DARR & PERRY BEEMAN
    Tuesday, August 23, 2016 1:57 PM
    West Des Moines Water Works and the city of Waukee will vote today to launch a study looking into how they would keep taps running in the growing suburbs, as Urbandale continues work on its own treatment plant.

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:21 AM
    A district court judge on Monday denied a request by Iowa landowners to immediately halt construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline on 15 parcels of their land. 

  • Monday, August 22, 2016 10:49 AM
    July joined a long string of months that have set records as the warmest since global temperature records began in 1880, Iowa Environmental Focus reported.

  • Friday, August 19, 2016 3:32 PM
    Rains have eased the drought conditions in Iowa except for a small area in the Wayne County area, the state reported. 

  • Thursday, August 18, 2016 3:32 PM
    At an Ames conference appearance this week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted that Iowa firms have an opportunity to make money by manufacturing equipment related to cage-free egg production.

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 2:17 PM
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told an Ames audience at a small-business conference today that Iowa political leaders of both parties need to pass a major water quality and soil conservation plan next year, or "there is going to be hell to pay."

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 2:16 PM
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told an Ames audience at a small-business conference today that Iowa political leaders of both parties need to pass a major water quality and soil conservation plan next year, or "there is going to be hell to pay."

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 11:04 AM
    Opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline say the Iowa Utilities Board needs a streamlined complaint system, including a public liaison, The Des Moines Register reported.

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Monday, August 15, 2016 3:00 PM
    Last weekend's Okoboji Blue Water Festival at the Iowa Great Lakes treated a huge crowd on a spectacularly nice weekend to table after table of information about how volunteers and their government and nonprofit organization friends are trying to address water quality challenges such as farm runoff, zebra mussels and the curly pondweed that covered the north end of East Okoboji Lake early in the season.

  • Monday, August 15, 2016 11:10 AM
    Alliant Energy has cut plant emissions of greenhouse gases sharply since 2005 and plans to add more renewable energy, the company said in a new release. 

  • Friday, August 12, 2016 3:49 PM
    Gov. Terry Branstad and top legislative leaders expressed concern over new challenges facing rural communities and worries that commodity prices are lagging below the cost of production even as farmers are preparing for the potential of a bumper harvest.

  • Friday, August 12, 2016 3:48 PM
    The Iowa Environmental Council and Iowa Rivers Revival plan to create a Service Squad that will coordinate volunteers for cleanup projects. 

  • Friday, August 12, 2016 3:48 PM
    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports that the weather over the past couple of weeks has been slightly warmer than normal, with about average rain. 

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, August 12, 2016 6:00 AM
    When the Nature Conservancy in Iowa asked donors for $9 million in 2003, the five-year campaign ended up raising double that amount. 

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