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DNR's 24/7 Environmental Emergency Number Changing July 1

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 1, 2015

by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Take note. First responders, industries, businesses, cities and livestock producers – in short, anyone who might need to report an environmental emergency – the DNR’s 24/7 environmental hotline changes on July 1. 

“If you’ve ever had a spill, a wastewater discharge, a fish kill, problems with drinking water or similar event, change the number now,” said Barb Lynch, chief of the DNR’s field services. “The last thing you want is to look for the number during an emergency caused by a power outage.”

The new number is 515-725-8694. For the next six months, people who call the old number will hear a recorded message with the new number.

While you may never have to report an emergency, updating the new number on emergency management plans, facility bulletin boards and internal documents, plus email and phone contact lists ensures you’ll have it when you need it. 

Find more information about who should use the emergency number and when to use it at www.iowadnr.gov/spills/. Look for the Environmental Hotline Reporting Guide in the Forms and Guides table at the bottom of the page.

Tags:  IDNR 

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Shrimp and Bingo Fundraiser Coming in August

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 1, 2015


The 4th Annual "Shrimp and Bingo" scholarship fundraiser for the Water Environmental Technology Program at Des Moines Area Community College is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2015 and tickets are now on sale. 

The event raises money for scholarships to students in the Water Environmental Technology Program at DMACC, and is held at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.  A social hour will begin at 5:30pm.  The shrimp feast is at 6:30pm and is followed by bingo and prices.  There will be live entertainment during the event as well.

For tickets to Shrimp and Bingo, CLICK HERE.

For information on scholarships, CLICK HERE.

For more information contact Dennis Hayworth at 515-256-4919 or dahayworth@dmacc.edu.

Tags:  DMACC  Shrimp and Bingo  WET 

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GIS Mapping Workshop is Rapidly Approaching!

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Just a friendly reminder that the Introduction to GIS Mapping Workshop is quickly approaching!  This workshop will take place in just over two weeks - Monday, July 13 - at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.

This workshop is intended to give operators of electric, gas, water, and wastewater systems an introduction to the benefits of mapping infrastructure to help with identification, outage response, maintenance planning, and sever other key items.  The program will also introduce some free and low cost solutions to start a GIS program on your own.  Public works, parks, cemeteries, and other city departments can also benefit from mapping.

The price of this workshop is $150 for IAMU Members ($200 for non-members).

Registration is open.  You may sign up for the workshop by sending in the registration form by mail, fax, or register online at the IAMU website.  Space is limited to the first 40, so register early.

For registration, agenda, and additional information please click HERE.

We look forward to seeing you.

Tags:  Ankeny  GIS  IAMU 

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Toolbox Talk: Avoiding Heat Stress

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Exposure to heat can make you sick or even kill you. Risk factors for heat stress include not being acclimated to the hot environment, high heat index, low liquid intake, physical labor and heavy clothing or certain types of personal protective equipment.



In order to keep our body’s core temperature adjusted correctly and to protect our internal organs during hot conditions, the thermostat in our brain tells the skin pores to open so that we can sweat and release internal heat. We need to stay properly hydrated in order to have sufficient fluid for sweat. Remember to drink at least 1 pint of water or sports drink every hour.

Wear lightweight, light colored and loose fitting clothing. Take frequent rest and hydration breaks in an cool, shaded area.

It is important to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses in yourself and others. There are several types of these illnesses but they have one thing in common—a quick response is necessary in order to prevent the condition from worsening.

Symptoms of heat stress include headache, dizziness, fainting, confusion, profuse sweating or vomiting. When the body stops sweating, it’s temperature can rise so quickly that a heat stroke is likely. If you or a co-worker experience these symptoms, call for help immediately. Move the worker to a cool area, remove the outer layer of clothing and apply ice packs or cool, wet towels to the armpits and groin areas.

Keep an eye on the heat index. During times of high humidity the sweat from our bodies is not removed quickly, creating that feeling of wearing a ‘wet blanket’. This condition raises risk of a heat-related illness.

Tags:  Heat Stress  Safety  Toolbox Talk 

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New Legislation Benefits Municipal Utility Solar Projects

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 24, 2015

 

The end of the Iowa 86th General Assembly saw a flurry of activity, including the passage of HF 645 that makes municipal utilities eligible for renewable energy tax credits.  Governor Branstad will be signing the bill into law Friday in a formal signing ceremony that IAMU staff will be attending.

IAMU worked with many stakeholders throughout the session on passage of this legislation.  Municipal utilities could use these tax credits to reduce the cost of energy produced by a solar photovoltaic (PV) array owned or contracted for by the utility.  Many municipal utilities are considering building community solar arrays or utility scale solar, and this tax credit could provide benefits. 

Background

Iowa Code chapter 476C has provided transferable tax credits for renewable energy production to eligible entities since July 1, 2005.  The tax credit is available for electricity generated from renewable sources, as well as several non-electricity renewable energy sources.  For renewable electricity production, the tax credit is 1.5 cents per kWh generator for ten years.  Until now, municipal utilities were not eligible to receive the tax credit.  Investor owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives are also eligible for the tax credit.

HF 645 also adds 10 MW of generating capacity that is eligible for the tax credit, and reserves this for solar PV systems that are owned or contracted for by utilities.  The solar arrays can each be up to 1.5 MW in nameplate capacity.  Because the tax credits are transferable, municipal utilities can utilize the tax credit to make a project more attractive.

An expected use of the tax credits is to assist in the development of utility-led community solar projects.  In a municipal utility community solar array, the utility sponsors the construction of a central solar array, and customers subscribe to receive energy from the array.  Community solar allows any customer to invest in solar, achieve economies of scale compared to multiple small arrays, and allows the system to be optimized for capacity and energy production.

Apply Soon

There is significant interest in community solar projects across the state, and it is expected that the 10 MW of capacity reserved for utility solar projects will be used up quickly.  Municipal utilities developing a solar project are urged to submit an eligibility certification application to the IUB as soon as possible.    For information about the application process, please see the IUB’s website: https://iub.iowa.gov/renewable-energy-tax-credits.  For information on how the tax credit may apply to a project your utility is considering, please contact Joel Logan at IAMU at jlogan@iamu.org or 515.289.1999.

Tags:  Energy Efficiency  HF 645  Legislative  Solar 

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