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  Pollution, the Environment and Your Health in Muscatine Iowa

 CLAM received a grant from the University of Iowa’s Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination.

The objective of this project is to begin to shift public dialog beyond remedial assumptions about local pollution, like "it's the smell of money" and "we need to have jobs" toward a more informed dialog with accurate information about specific pollutants, their sources, and their impact on environment and public health.

Clam will identify specific environmental pollutants and their influence on the environment and public health that have never been a significant part of public dialog in Muscatine, Iowa.

In order to reach this objective, CLAM will do the following:

  • Examine facts about problem pollutants and their impact on the environment and public health in our community, with an educational tool kit.. Some of the pollutants that CLAM will assess include acetaldehyde, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter 2.5 and 10, acrylonitrile, lead and other heavy metals.
  • Additionally, the tool kit will include information about the types of sources that cause these pollutants to be in the community, including energy production, vehicle emissions and industrial processes. An updated anonymous health survey and a program evaluation will be included.
  • The tool kit will be distributed through house parties and small group settings. A CLAM board member will take the role of volunteer Outreach Coordinator to manage the execution of these events. Ultimately, these events will create a network of empowered people, armed with accurate information about local environmental and public health issues, and prepared to act collectively with this information.
  • Each event will vary in size and location. Each event will be sponsored by a host, and organized with the help of our Outreach Coordinator. Each participant will receive a tool kit.
  • Opportunities to engage event attendees in decisions that influence public health may include: Participation in public comment periods for EPA and/or other Iowa DNR related actions; actions taken at the City and County level, or actions taken against a specific violator of health standards set by the EPA.
  • Through this project, CLAM intends for the community members to gain relevant knowledge to address environmental and public health concerns, and ultimately empower them to apply pressure through collective action with CLAM to ensure that current laws are enforced to better protect the public health of our community.
  • Through the tool kits, we will make scientific and out-of-reach information accessible to each attendee, in short, providing the language to make this information easily understood and easily incorporated into everyday conversation.