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People’s Climate Movement Des Moines

People’s Climate Movement Des Moines, IA Event

Saturday April 29, 2017

On Saturday April 29, Iowans from across the state will join together at the People’s Climate Rally in Des Moines, IA to stand up for good jobs, environmental justice and clean energy. At the same time Iowa will take a stand to oppose the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan, the expansion of fossil fuels, and the weakening of provisions that support renewable energy, equity and creation of good jobs.

Though the focus of the event is serious, there will be fun for the entire family. The day will be interspersed with music, great speakers and activities for young and old!

Who: The People’s Climate Movement Rally Des Moines, IA

When: Saturday, April 29 from1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Where: West Terrace on the Iowa State Capitol Grounds

What: Music, great speakers and kids activities

RSVP: People’s Climate Movement DSM

David Osterberg from the Iowa Policy Project will be the emcee for the event. There will be music featuring well know singer and songwriter Dartanyan Brown and Native American drummers. Numerous organizations from around the state will have booths and there will be kids activities including kite making and kite flying, art areas and games for kids as well.

The People’s Climate Movement Des Moines is a coalition of thirty organizations, Churches, scientists and more, who are joining together to find real solutions to the climate crisis while supporting good jobs, social justice and clean energy. Organizations include 1000 Friends of Iowa, Central Iowa Sierra Club, and the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition. Please RSVP at: People’s Climate Movement DSM


Comments Needed on Transportation Plan

The Metropolitan Planning Area for Polk, Warren, and Dallas Counties is seeking comments on the proposed Transportation Improvement Program plan. This plan covers spending and transportation projects for the next four years within these counties.

The transportation decisions we make today will have long lasting impacts on our quality of life and our climate; and are a prime driver for the type of development and the type of communities we have.

1000 Friends of Iowa supports transportation projects that focus on repairing and rebuilding existing infrastructure, expanding and improving biking and pedestrian trails, and improving and expanding walkability in our urban areas.

We oppose transportation projects to build new roads designed to encourage urban sprawl – such as the proposed Grand Prairie Parkway. This road is proposed to connect Mills Civic Parkway with the Raccoon River Road and ultimately continue on to county highway G-14 in Warren County. This West Des Moines road proposal would lead to the development of hundreds of acres of farmland and woodland and takes us in the wrong direction.

To download the entire proposed plan, please click here.

Please submit comments on the proposal by July 15, 2016.

To submit comments, call or email: 

Andrew Collings at 515-334-0075 or

Best Development Awards Featured in THE IOWAN Magazine

Many of the inspiring projects recognized as winners of 1000 Friends of Iowa’s Best Development Awards are featured in THE IOWAN magazine’s July/August 2016 issue! Take a journey through the beautiful pages of THE IOWAN and discover community-driven models of sustainable planning, revitalization, and development. Download the story now, courtesy of THE IOWAN magazine,

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Nominations for the 2016 Best Development Awards open Sept. 1, 2016!

Click here to see the 2015 Best Development Awards program winners and details.


2015 Best Development Awards

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Best Deve1000FRIENDSBDAlopment Awards

1000 Friends of Iowa’s Best Development Awards program is designed to bring attention to cities, companies, non-profit organizations, and individuals who demonstrate how responsible development and planning practices provide benefits to the community, the environment, and quality of life for future generations. Nominated buildings and projects help advance sustainability across our state by considering site placement, design, water efficiency, energy management, materials and resources used, indoor environmental quality, public use, and long-term benefits. There’s no entry fee to submit an application. Deadline is December 15, 2015. Apply today!


  • New Residential
  • Renovated Residential
  • New Commercial/Civic
  • Renovated Commercial/Civic
  • Mixed Use
  • Leadership
  • Storm Water Management


Contact Lori Schervish at or Kari Carney at with any questions.

4″ Topsoil – Final Hearing with the Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee will hold its regular, statutory meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Room 103 , State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa.

At 10:20 a.m. the 4″ Topsoil preservation at construction sites will be reviewed and voted on.
•NPDES general permit no.2 — topsoil preservation at construction sites, 64.15 Filed ARC 2054C.

Please attend. This will be the final meeting that allows a rule change which will eviscerate a rule adopted in 2012 to reduce storm water runoff from new construction sites. The rule previously required developers to put at least four inches of topsoil back on sites. Thanks to a lobbying campaign from home-builders, the new wording requires topsoil replacement “unless infeasible,” without defining that term. So any developer who doesn’t feel like spending money to put topsoil back can claim it would have been “infeasible” to do so. This will not improve water quality in Iowa. It is important to have plenty of people present who will represent water quality and homeowner concerns.

MPO – Public Input Meeting

The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will host a public input meeting to receive comments on the Federal Fiscal Years 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (FFY 2016-2019 TIP) Draft. The meeting starts at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in the MPO’s Meeting Room, 420 Watson Powell, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA.

The TIP contains four years of projects MPO member governments anticipate implementing using federal transportation dollars. The TIP is the programming document for all surface transportation projects that receive Federal funds, including: street and highway, transit, rail, bicycle, and pedestrian projects in the MPO Planning Area Boundary. The MPO updates the TIP annually and at member governments’ request. The MPO informs the public as to what member governments’ and participating agencies’ intentions are regarding these projects and the use of these federal dollars.

The MPO will host the public input meeting using the open forum format to encourage the meeting attendees to express their views, to share their opinions, and to ask their questions regarding the proposed projects. One may share their opinion with the MPO staff in three ways: 1) orally at the meeting; 2) in writing via forms available at the meeting; or, 3) by submitting written comments to the MPO before the June 23,
2015, meeting but prior to the close of the comment period on July 16, 2015.

The FFY 2016-2019 Draft TIP is viewable on the MPO’s website,, or one may request a paper copy at (515)-334-0075 or

Dakota Access Pipeline – Transport Bakken crude oil across Iowa

The Iowa Utilities Board has tentatively scheduled its review of the Dakota Access Pipeline to transport Bakken crude oil across Iowa. The board could act by the end of the year on the request.

The 350-mile project involves construction of a 30-inch diameter hazardous liquid pipeline crossing 18 counties in Iowa. Dakota Access is expected to ask for the authority to use the state’s power of eminent domain to condemn properties owned by persons who refuse to sell easements to this company for this use.

Full details about the schedule, the procedures and documents can be found at

If the company follows the tentative schedule set by the IUB, the board will consider this matter during public hearings in November and be ready to make a decision in December or early January.

Before the Iowa Utilities Board can act on this matter, it must receive a document called Exhibit H which lists every property to be included in the grant of eminent domain. In order to expedite the matter, the board has published the following tentative schedule, which runs on two tracks:

July 27 — all petitions to intervene in this matter must be on file with the IUB. Petitions submitted after that date will be granted only with good cause.

August 21–IUB staff will issue a report on the petition (except for matters related to Exhibit H) identifying any
additional matters that Dakota Access should address in its public testimony.

September 8–Dakota Access and any interveners supporting the pipeline must submit direct testimony and exhibits.

October 12–Office of Consumer Advocate and any interveners opposing the pipeline must submit direct testimony and exhibits.

October 26–Dakota Access must file rebuttal testimony and exhibits.

In conjunction with the above schedule, Dakota Access must also file its Exhibit H document. The company is free to follow this schedule or adjust its filing decisions. If the Exhibit H filing is delayed, the entire review process slides back.

August 10–Dakota Access may file Exhibit H.

September 14–IUB staff will issue a report on Exhibit H identifying any additional matters that Dakota Access must address in its prefiled testimony.

September 23–Dakota Access and any interveners supporting the pipeline must file testimony addressing the issues raised by IUB staff concerning the Exhibit H document.

If these steps are completed timely, the two review tracks merge on October 12th with the submission of comments by the Office of Consumer Affairs and interveners opposing the pipeline.

The Utilities Board has scheduled two weeks for the public hearing during the period between November 12th and December 2nd.

On January 20, 2015, Dakota Access, LLC, an Energy Transfer Company, filed its petition for permit with the Board regarding a proposal to build a crude oil pipeline (the Dakota Access Pipeline, a.k.a. Bakken Pipeline) across Iowa. Public informational meetings in each involved county were held throughout Iowa during December 2014. For more details, visit the HLP-2014-0001 informational page and review frequently asked questions about eminent domain.

Anyone seeking to file objections, comments, and letters of support in this docket may do so by using the Iowa Utilities Board’s Electronic Filing System (EFS), citing docket number HLP-2014-0001. Click on the “Submit Filing” tab and follow all instructions to log-in as a guest, upload documents and receive a filing ID number.

EPC – 4″ Topsoil – May 19th in Davenport

A reminder that the  EPC will discuss the comments on the 4″ topsoil rule and the proposed change when it meets May 19th in Davenport.

Location:  Davenport East Branch Library, 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA
Time:  10:00 AM – EPC Business Meeting begins
Upcoming Meeting Information:  May 18 & 19, 2015 EPC Tour & Meeting Materials

During  March, 2015, the EPC received some 700  comments which raised many important questions, and  the Commissioners should ask to hear responses by the DNR  to these issues raised.

Additional comments and attendance at the meeting will be important.   Their decision is expected at their June meeting.

Bakken Pipeline – Iowa House and Senate consider bills

The Iowa House and Senate are considering bills that would restrict eminent domain legislation by requiring at least 75% voluntary easements from landowners, effectively stopping the plans for the proposed Bakken Pipeline in Iowa.

If you think the Bakken Pipeline should be stopped, please take a minute to fill out this action alert to contact your Iowa House Rep/Senator letting her/him know they should support this legislation.