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Branstad’s toxic blue-green algae problem

As blue green algae blooms spread across the country and Iowa’s public beaches close, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund members are asking what Governor Terry Branstad and his political appointees at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Commissions are doing to solve Iowa’s water quality crisis.

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CCI Action Fund Members Deliver “Clean Water Now” Letter To Branstad’s Urbandale Campaign Office

More than two dozen Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members entered Governor Terry Branstad’s Urbandale campaign office today and delivered a letter demanding Branstad support a strong Clean Water Act work plan agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Iowa Legislature Appropriates $700,000 To DNR To Hire 7 New Factory Farm Field Inspectors

The Iowa legislature passed an agriculture and natural resources appropriations bill Thursday that includes $700,000 to hire seven new factory farm inspectors at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) members say DNR Director Chuck Gipp must put the new inspectors in the field immediately to begin inspecting and permitting Iowa’s 8,000 factory farms.

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CCI Action’s Post-Funnel Legislative Agenda

Medicaid expansion and the battle of the budget are the two issues that will define the 2013 legislative session, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members announced March 8 - the day of the first legislative funnel that weeds out bills without enough support to continue debate this year.

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More DNR funding meaningless without corresponding reforms

Although Governor Branstad continues to remain silent on the subject of more funding for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), a consensus is beginning to emerge among Iowa's policymakers and administrators that a $1.3 million increase to hire more field staff will be necessary to stave off federal action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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