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Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management

Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management

  • 4/1/2016 11:04:00 AM
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This US Environmental Protection Agency modeling study estimates the flood loss avoidance benefits from application of small storm retention practices for new development and redevelopment nationwide. Twenty HUC8 watersheds were modeled in areas where significant growth is expected between 2020 and 2040, using the FEMA Hazus model and national-scale datasets. The area of the watersheds ranges between 500 and 3,000 square miles. The study was conducted in consultation with other federal agencies including the US Arm...
Meeting to Discuss Windmill Lake Water Quality Improvement Plan

Meeting to Discuss Windmill Lake Water Quality Improvement Plan

  • 3/24/2016 7:22:00 AM
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BEDFORD – Iowans interested in the results of a DNR study to improve water quality in Windmill Lake in Taylor County can attend a meeting April 7. Citizens are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas to improve the lake to the meeting for discussion.
Fire Helps Manage Iowa's Grasslands

Fire Helps Manage Iowa's Grasslands

  • 3/11/2016 10:18:00 AM
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The work to improve Iowa’s prairies takes center stage each spring when agencies and private landowners use fire to manage their grasslands and improve their value for wildlife.
Coralville Makes Green Strides for Water Quality

Coralville Makes Green Strides for Water Quality

  • 3/11/2016 8:24:00 AM
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Generally, Coralville Lake, just upstream from its namesake town, does its job as a flood control reservoir. But the lake was no match for the floods of 1993 and 2008, creating millions of dollars in damages for the eastern Iowa town.
Water Summary Update - Iowa Remains Drought-Free

Water Summary Update - Iowa Remains Drought-Free

  • 3/10/2016 8:42:00 AM
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DES MOINES—All of Iowa remains drought free, according to the National Drought Monitor, and stream flows remain normal to above normal for about half of the state.
Lake Darling Takes the Spotlight Again Following Renovation

Lake Darling Takes the Spotlight Again Following Renovation

  • 3/2/2016 6:43:00 AM
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On the same September day 64 years earlier, legendary conservationist and Iowan Jay “Ding” Darling ceremoniously “set the gate” on the then newest and largest artificial lake in Iowa, Lake Darling.
12 Upcycling Ideas for the Savvy Outdoor Enthusiast

12 Upcycling Ideas for the Savvy Outdoor Enthusiast

  • 3/2/2016 6:00:00 AM
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Camping and relaxing outside should be great ways to spend your day and not your money. Still, accessories and new fandangled gear can get pricey pretty quick, so try these alternative upcycling options to get back to the fun instead of the store!
DNR Enforcement Actions

DNR Enforcement Actions

  • 2/25/2016 9:20:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The DNR has taken the following enforcement actions
A Return to Glory Days at Little Storm

A Return to Glory Days at Little Storm

  • 2/17/2016 10:47:00 AM
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Longtime Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse remembers the glory days of waterfowl hunting in Little Storm Lake during the 1960s and’70s, but by the early ‘80s the ducks were gone. The marsh became a silt-filled carp nursery with little vegetation.
Three Mile Lake Public Meeting

Three Mile Lake Public Meeting

  • 2/16/2016 9:15:00 AM
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CRESTON - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., March 15, in Room 900 of the Allied Health Building on the Southwest Iowa Community College campus, to discuss the proposed fish renovation of Three-Mile Lake.
Livestock Master Matrix Adopted in 88 Counties

Livestock Master Matrix Adopted in 88 Counties

  • 2/4/2016 6:17:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Once again, 88 of 99 Iowa counties notified DNR in January that they plan to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for animal confinements by using the master matrix.
Iowans Create Water Quality Successes in 2015

Iowans Create Water Quality Successes in 2015

  • 1/28/2016 11:45:00 AM
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The efforts of Iowans in 2015 to improve Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams have resulted in success stories across the state, and more efforts are underway for 2016. Working with groups statewide, including the Iowa DNR’s Watershed Improvement Program, Iowans are making changes on the land to improve our waters.
Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Commissions Will Meet Jointly January 20

Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Commissions Will Meet Jointly January 20

  • 1/15/2016 6:29:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The Environmental Protection Commission and the Natural Resources Commission, both of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will meet jointly Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Wallace Building second floor north conference room at 502 E. Ninth St. in Des Moines. Each commission will present its annual report followed by reports of mutual interest from DNR staff.
Water Testing and Maintenance Resources Available for Private Well Owners

Water Testing and Maintenance Resources Available for Private Well Owners

  • 1/14/2016 8:51:00 AM
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With about 282,000 Iowans relying on private wells for their drinking water supply, understanding local conditions, keeping up regular maintenance needs and conducting annual water testing is important for private well users. To assist, the DNR offers online resources for Iowans who depend on private wells.
Water Summary Update: 2015 in review

Water Summary Update: 2015 in review

  • 1/14/2016 8:40:00 AM
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2015 started as the driest in the state since 1988, but frequent precipitation in April and May gradually eliminated drought worries by the end of the spring. Precipitation was much more evenly spread out during the year, resulting in frequent, but less pronounced flooding than in other wet years.
2016 Derelict Building Grant Applications Due Feb. 26

2016 Derelict Building Grant Applications Due Feb. 26

  • 1/7/2016 9:14:00 AM
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Small rural communities looking for assistance to help renovate or deconstruct abandoned commercial and public structures can apply for funding through the Derelict Building Grant Program.
Manure Applicator Training Begins January 5

Manure Applicator Training Begins January 5

  • 12/17/2015 6:49:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Iowa manure applicators, confinement and commercial, should plan now to complete training to renew their certificates by March 1.
Winter Manure Application Rules Kick in Monday Dec 21

Winter Manure Application Rules Kick in Monday Dec 21

  • 12/10/2015 9:50:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Early snowfall in much of northern Iowa may affect animal producers with confinement (totally roofed) facilities when limits on applying liquid manure on snow-covered ground start Dec. 21.
Give the Gift that Lasts All Year: Iowa Outdoors Magazine

Give the Gift that Lasts All Year: Iowa Outdoors Magazine

  • 12/8/2015 8:07:00 AM
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Take advantage of a special 30 percent off the regular subscription price, and give Iowa Outdoors Magazine to your friends or family this holiday season! Six issues (one-year) are just $10 and will include the 2017 calendar.
DNR to Hold Public Meeting on Permit Needed by Pipeline Project

DNR to Hold Public Meeting on Permit Needed by Pipeline Project

  • 12/3/2015 11:27:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The public is invited to provide comments on a permit needed by the Dakota Access Pipeline Project to cross publicly-owned land and water under jurisdiction of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
EPC to Hear Manure Management Report, Rule on Contracts

EPC to Hear Manure Management Report, Rule on Contracts

  • 12/3/2015 11:20:00 AM
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WINDSOR HEIGHTS – Commissioners will hear a presentation on manure management, and be asked to approve contracts and an air quality referral to the Iowa Attorney General, at the Dec. 15 Environmental Protection Commission meeting.
DNR Unveils New Face to Website

DNR Unveils New Face to Website

  • 11/3/2015 9:01:00 AM
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Visitors to www.iowadnr.gov will notice a new “look and feel” to the DNR website, offering friendlier navigation and more prominent access to the information visitors want most. The DNR introduced the updated site in late October and has received positive feedback from people visiting the website.
Third Quarter SRF Intended Use Plan Updates Released

Third Quarter SRF Intended Use Plan Updates Released

  • 10/30/2015 9:56:00 AM
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The third quarter updates to the FY 2016 Intended Use Plans for the Clean Water SRF and the Drinking Water SRF are now available for public review and comment at the following locations:
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