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Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is southern Iowa’s rugged retreat

Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is southern Iowa’s rugged retreat

  • 8/22/2017 12:00:00 PM
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Mount Ayr, Iowa – The Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is a 1,500-acre outdoor playground on the way to nowhere. While travelers are not likely to stumble upon it, hunters would be wise to know its location.
Squirrel season begins September 2

Squirrel season begins September 2

  • 8/22/2017 11:58:00 AM
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Squirrel hunters should expect to find an average to above average squirrel population over most of the state, with higher squirrel numbers in areas with quality oak and hickory trees. Squirrel season opens Sept. 2.
State Forest Nursery Launches New Online Store

State Forest Nursery Launches New Online Store

  • 8/22/2017 11:42:00 AM
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Ordering trees from the DNR’s State Forest Nursery just got easier. A new online sales site features dozens of quality native Iowa trees and an easy check-out process.
Iowa's most Instagrammed state parks

Iowa's most Instagrammed state parks

  • 8/22/2017 10:07:00 AM
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For many, when they step outside to enjoy Iowa’s state parks, snapping some pictures is a natural part of the journey. Explore parks all over the state by hiking, biking, relaxing lake side and experiencing extraordinary views – you can start with these 10, which are the parks posted about the most by Iowans on Instagram
DNR checking green color in Wright County waterway

DNR checking green color in Wright County waterway

  • 8/17/2017 2:36:00 PM
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EAGLE GROVE - Field staff from the DNR’s Mason City office investigated complaints of green water in a waterway about four miles south of Eagle Grove in Wright County on Wednesday.
Iowa will be touched by the total eclipse

Iowa will be touched by the total eclipse

  • 8/17/2017 8:13:00 AM
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FREMONT COUNTY, Iowa -- On Monday, millions of Americans and visitors from around the world will flock to a 70-mile wide path, stretching from Portland, Ore., to Charleston, S.C. They will be there to witness, for what most will be, a once-in-a-lifetime event – a total eclipse of the sun.
Iowa’s dove hunting season opens statewide September 1

Iowa’s dove hunting season opens statewide September 1

  • 8/15/2017 12:02:00 PM
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Iowa’s dove hunting season is just around the corner and hunters getting ready to pursue the country’s most popular game bird are encouraged to visit the areas they plan to hunt before opening day. 
Zebra mussels found in Carter Lake

Zebra mussels found in Carter Lake

  • 8/15/2017 12:00:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is watching Carter Lake after juvenile zebra mussels were recently found in a water sample collected by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) staff. Although veligers were detected, intensive sampling the past week did not find any adult zebra mussels.
Deer licenses on sale Aug. 15

Deer licenses on sale Aug. 15

  • 8/15/2017 11:59:00 AM
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Licenses to pursue Iowa’s world class deer herd go on sale Aug. 15 at more than 700 license sales agents statewide and online.
Landowners, hunters, bird watchers realize Big Marsh’s benefits

Landowners, hunters, bird watchers realize Big Marsh’s benefits

  • 8/15/2017 11:56:00 AM
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Parkersburg, Iowa - The Big Marsh Wildlife Area is a working example of the benefits of taking wet farmland where crops struggle 70 percent of the time and creating a large public area with expansive wetlands and prairies attractive to waterfowl and waterfowl hunters, snakes, shorebirds, pheasants, deer, turkeys and even endangered wood turtles.
Air Quality Bureau Title V Workshop (September 26th and 27th)

Air Quality Bureau Title V Workshop (September 26th and 27th)

  • 8/14/2017 9:50:00 AM
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Since our last training workshop, representatives from manufacturing, grain processing, and utilities worked together with the DNR to simply the Title V application process. Multiple process improvement events resulted in updated application forms and instructions and new procedures for optional pre-application meetings.
Applying for a Title V permit just got easier!

Applying for a Title V permit just got easier!

  • 8/11/2017 8:56:00 AM
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With the goals of simplifying the application forms and reducing duplicate data entry, representatives from manufacturing, grain processing, and utilities worked together with the DNR to simplify the application process. 
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 8/10/2017 12:56:00 PM
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DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions.
Hot weather taking its toll on fish

Hot weather taking its toll on fish

  • 8/10/2017 12:55:00 PM
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The end of summer is the worst time for underwater dwellers. When temperatures are high and oxygen levels are low, fish and other water critters are particularly vulnerable.
Hot weather taking its toll on fish

Hot weather taking its toll on fish

  • 8/8/2017 1:43:00 PM
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The end of summer is the worst time for underwater dwellers. When temperatures are high and oxygen levels are low, fish and other water critters are particularly vulnerable.
Water level to drop at Diamond Lake ahead of renovation this fall

Water level to drop at Diamond Lake ahead of renovation this fall

  • 8/8/2017 1:41:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning a repeat of a successful restoration effort on Diamond Lake in Dickinson County. The DNR will lower the water level in the lake through this fall and winter to eliminate problem fish.
Late summer underwater aquatic plant control for ponds

Late summer underwater aquatic plant control for ponds

  • 8/8/2017 1:33:00 PM
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Pond plants are necessary for a healthy pond, but too many can upset a fishing pond’s balance and become a nuisance. Many pond owners struggle with how to control a number of aquatic plants, without completely removing all plants, so they can enjoy their pond.
Alliant Energy and Iowa DNR team up to offer eight Operation ReLeaf events this fall

Alliant Energy and Iowa DNR team up to offer eight Operation ReLeaf events this fall

  • 8/8/2017 1:31:00 PM
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DES MOINES – A popular program offering landscape quality trees at a deep discount to Alliant Energy customers will be held at eight locations across Iowa this fall. Residential tree distributions will take place in Buena Vista, Fayette, Jefferson, Jones, Lee, Linn, Lucas and Story counties this September and October.
Vote now for Iowa's best attraction

Vote now for Iowa's best attraction

  • 8/8/2017 1:29:00 PM
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Both Maquoketa Caves and Pikes Peak state parks have been picked as “best Iowa attractions” by USA TODAY for their 10Best Readers’ Choice contest currently underway.
9 animals you probably won’t see in Iowa

9 animals you probably won’t see in Iowa

  • 8/4/2017 2:15:00 PM
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Whether they are on the endangered species list, only come out during certain times of the year, or are simply hard to see, these animals are rarely seen in Iowa.
How do fish breathe?

How do fish breathe?

  • 8/4/2017 11:50:00 AM
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Humans and fish both require oxygen to survive. The difference is, we get our oxygen through air while fish get it through water.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 8/3/2017 3:30:00 PM
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DES MOINES – DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions. The following list summarizes recent enforcement actions.
DNR Derelict Building Grant Program awards funds to 18 rural communities

DNR Derelict Building Grant Program awards funds to 18 rural communities

  • 8/3/2017 3:27:00 PM
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DES MOINES – The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program will award grants to 18 small, rural Iowa communities to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures, remove asbestos and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill.
Air and water quality on August EPC agenda

Air and water quality on August EPC agenda

  • 8/3/2017 3:25:00 PM
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WINDSOR HEIGHTS –Commissioners will be asked to approve a plan to meet air quality goals, several contracts and two wastewater general permits at the Aug. 15 meeting of the Environmental Protection Commission.
Quarterly IUP Updates Posted for Comment

Quarterly IUP Updates Posted for Comment

  • 8/3/2017 8:16:00 AM
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The second quarter updates to the fiscal year 2018 Intended Use Plans (IUPs) for the Clean Water SRF and the Drinking Water SRF are now available for public review and comment at the following locations:
North Raccoon Wildlife Area is building a recreation reputation

North Raccoon Wildlife Area is building a recreation reputation

  • 8/1/2017 11:44:00 AM
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The North Raccoon Wildlife Area just might be the biggest playground in Greene County. But rather than teeter-totters and swings, this playground offers excellent deer hunting, turkey, dove and rabbit hunting, river access and sandbar camping, bird watching, hiking and more.
Hooking summer catfish

Hooking summer catfish

  • 8/1/2017 11:43:00 AM
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Start a new family tradition this summer – go fishing for catfish. Bring along two coolers with ice, one to keep your bait firm and fresh and another to keep your catch cold and preserve that great taste.
Floodwaters damage Sweet Marsh Wildlife Area

Floodwaters damage Sweet Marsh Wildlife Area

  • 7/31/2017 8:35:00 AM
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TRIPOLI, Iowa - Heavy rainfall last weekend in the Wapsipinicon and Plum Creek watersheds in Chickasaw and Bremer counties has caused a 60 foot by 40 foot section of the dike on Martens Lake on the Sweet Marsh Wildlife Management Area to fail. The breach likely occurred during the night of July 23. 
DNR Hiring Range Safety Officers

DNR Hiring Range Safety Officers

  • 7/28/2017 9:48:00 AM
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The DNR has two openings at Banner Shooting Range near Indianola, and eight openings at Olofson Shooting Range near Polk City, for Range Safety Officers.
Additional Opportunity for Public Comment on Proposed Air Quality Rulemaking

Additional Opportunity for Public Comment on Proposed Air Quality Rulemaking

  • 7/27/2017 11:33:00 AM
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On July 18, 2017, the Environmental Protection Commission (Commission) approved an additional opportunity for public comment on a proposed air quality rulemaking. The Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) received one comment on the original Notice of Intended Action, and is accepting additional comments through August 17, 2017.
Iowa shooting sports teams excel at nationals

Iowa shooting sports teams excel at nationals

  • 7/27/2017 11:02:00 AM
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Iowa athletes from North Scott, Maquoketa, Pleasant Valley, Pella, Pella Christian, Ankeny Centennial, Gilbert, Solon, Oskaloosa and Easton Valley were frequent visitors to the winners podium at the Scholastic Action Sports Program (SASP) and the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.
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