Environmental Progress for Earth Day

Clear Lake

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KIMT NEWS 3 – As many of you may know, today is “Earth Day.” And while some use today as a reminder to cut those showers short, or to plant a tree, many make those kinds of decisions on a daily basis.

For Jan Lovell, every day is “Earth Day.”

Lovell said, “It’s our home, and it’s the home that we all have to share this planet and it’s gotten a lot smaller in recent years, we all see that.”

Jan not only serves on the “Clear Lake Earth Day Committee,” but she’s also worked very hard to protect more than 100 acres of local woods and wetlands.

She said, “We protected it forever, it won’t ever be developed and it’s a popular place for families to picnic and enjoy and bike through and see what the prairie and Iowa used to look like.”

In her 16th year serving on the committee, she’s seen huge improvements in one particular area.

Lovell said, “The water clarity has increased substantially and it’s better for the fish, the recreation is better and that has a positive economic impact for Clear Lake and North Iowa .”>

It’s safe to say we’ve come a long way when it comes to being conscious of the environment, but Iowa DNR officials say, we can always do more. and sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Field Office Supervisor, Jeff Vansteenburg said, “Just thinking about the consequences of all your daily actions. Do you need to take that drive or can you walk? Just making sure you properly dispose of waste products, recycling what you can.”

But Jeff says he’d also like to see some specific improvements.

He said, “In open burning, we hear people talk about “Oh well you can use one tire to start a brush pile” or something like that. You can never burn a tire.”

Both Jeff and Jan agree that when it comes to improving our environment, even the smallest change can make a huge difference down the road.

Lovell said, “It’s like a stone pebble being tossed into the lake, it has a ripple effect.”

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