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Water Summary Update: 2015 in review

Water Summary Update: 2015 in review

  • 1/14/2016 7:40:00 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 8:14:00 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 5:49:00 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 8:50:00 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 7:07:00 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 10:27:00 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 10:20:00 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 8:01:00 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 8:56:00 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:
  Register Now for the Iowa Groundwater Association Conference

Register Now for the Iowa Groundwater Association Conference

  • 10/1/2015 11:00:00 AM
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IOWA CITY – Those interested in well safety and groundwater quality should plan to attend the Iowa Groundwater Association’s fall conference Oct. 22 at the Terry Trueblood Center, 4213 Sand Road SE in Iowa City, with local tours on Oct. 21.
  Septic Maintenance Vital To Protect People And Water

Septic Maintenance Vital To Protect People And Water

  • 9/24/2015 11:00:00 AM
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DES MOINES – One out of four Iowans rely on septic systems, making proper care of these on-site wastewater systems a vital part of protecting public health and water quality.
  Former Sioux City Wastewater Operators Agree To Surrender Certification

Former Sioux City Wastewater Operators Agree To Surrender Certification

  • 9/24/2015 11:00:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Two former wastewater operators from Sioux City have agreed to permanently surrender their wastewater operator certifications following discovery by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that treatment procedures within the city’s wastewater operation were being manipulated.
Water Summary Update: Conditions Continue to be Drought Free

Water Summary Update: Conditions Continue to be Drought Free

  • 9/4/2015 11:00:00 AM
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DES MOINES — Continued rains have resulted in drought free conditions for the state. Streamflow remains normal to above normal in most areas and groundwater levels are slightly below normal in areas of Dubuque and Winneshiek Counties. However, the overall assessment of the state’s conditions is near-normal.
Greening Up Your Yard: What You Can Do

Greening Up Your Yard: What You Can Do

  • 8/4/2015 10:07:00 AM
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Climate change, greenhouse gases, carbon footprints, water quality— the problems are huge and the impact we can deliver seems minimal. But, you can do something simple—cut back on yardwork. Most people don’t think about the carbon footprint left by their lawns and lawn care. Green is green, right?
Create a Cleaner, Safer House with DIY Cleaners

Create a Cleaner, Safer House with DIY Cleaners

  • 7/17/2015 4:59:00 AM
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Sure, that spray cleaner can cut through grease and grime quickly. But did you know it might be a household hazardous material? Household hazardous materials (HHMs) are found in nearly every home, under sinks, and in closets, basements and garages. They may make chores easier, but they could also pose a threat to your family’s health, safety and the environment if used or disposed improperly.
Coralville Makes Green Strides for Water Quality

Coralville Makes Green Strides for Water Quality

  • 7/15/2015 8:03:00 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.
Rediscover the Joy of Creek Walking

Rediscover the Joy of Creek Walking

  • 6/3/2015 3:55:00 AM
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The pair of soft, blue eyes peered deep into the gin-clear depths of the tiny pool, straining to make out anything that wasn’t rock or rubble. Not even a decade old, those eyes were young and fresh and untested—yet the vibrant, cheeky 10-year-old worked them like a hawk eyeing its next meal. And with a quick thrust of her net into the knee-deep water, she brought up her “treasures” from the deep.
Avoid These Top Tree Killing Practices

Avoid These Top Tree Killing Practices

  • 6/2/2015 9:47:00 AM
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Trees add beauty, increase property value, clean the air, provide shade and create habitat. Get the most from your leafy wonders with these simple steps to ensure your trees avert an early demise.
Build Rain Gardens to Hold Water, Beautify Yards, Help Wildlife [Tutorial]

Build Rain Gardens to Hold Water, Beautify Yards, Help Wildlife [Tutorial]

  • 5/22/2015 9:54:00 AM
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While rain storms are natural, storm water runoff is not. Flowing from rooftops and surging out downspouts, across the yard, into the street and down the storm sewer untreated, rainfall is routed to the nearest stream or lake. Runoff is often polluted. In its rough and tumble downhill journey, rain picks up heavy metals, oils, fertilizers, soils, sediment, and pesticides.
Tutorial: Learn How to Compost at Home

Tutorial: Learn How to Compost at Home

  • 5/13/2015 4:54:00 AM
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Yard waste is the second major waste generated in cities and towns – and since it’s illegal to place yard waste in the trash in Iowa, it needs to be composted. While you can send off yard waste for municipal composting, it’s also easy to do in your own backyard, saving you money and helping your yard and garden. Use this tutorial from DNR staffer Karen Grimes to start your own compost heap at home.
7 Native, Easy to Care For Plants for Your Yard

7 Native, Easy to Care For Plants for Your Yard

  • 5/12/2015 10:15:00 AM
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Natives are resilient and pest resistant, take less watering and care, and will reward you with an April through October blooming season. With some 250 native prairie plants (translate prairie as “sun-loving”) to choose from, which plants are the must-haves for the average garden?
14 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

14 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

  • 5/1/2015 7:28:00 AM
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Paper, sure. Plastic, cardboard, of course. But before you toss those old shingles or paint, or dump a box of Styrofoam packing peanuts in the trash, you’ll want to look up where you can recycle them.
Viking Lake Work Has Lasting Effect on Fishing, Water Quality

Viking Lake Work Has Lasting Effect on Fishing, Water Quality

  • 3/6/2015 6:35:00 AM
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Once so thick with algae that the water looked more like green paint than water, southwest Iowa’s Viking Lake has been on the up and up since a major watershed improvement there wrapped up in 2009.Five years of monitoring Viking Lake in southwest Iowa reveals the lake is clean enough to be removed from the list of Iowa impaired waters for algae growth.
Wetlands Project Sinks Hole-in-one

Wetlands Project Sinks Hole-in-one

  • 3/5/2015 4:35:00 AM
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The cackle of pheasants has returned along the north and west sides of Okoboji View Golf Course in Spirit Lake after a major watershed improvement project created wetlands and native prairie on 350 acres.
Central Park Lake Poised for Return

Central Park Lake Poised for Return

  • 2/20/2015 4:56:00 AM
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Central Park Lake encompasses only 25 acres, but the 297-acre park is a popular recreation destination in Jones County, despite the lake’s listing as “impaired” due to excess algae, bacteria and pH.
Rice Lake Returns

Rice Lake Returns

  • 2/13/2015 9:03:00 AM
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The topic was lake restoration, but in 2009, the small group of lake users living near Rice Lake wasn’t ready to discuss pulling the plug on the 1,000-acre shallow lake straddling the Worth-Winnebago county line.
Prairie Strips Help Iowa Farmers, Land and Water

Prairie Strips Help Iowa Farmers, Land and Water

  • 2/4/2015 9:47:00 AM
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“Conservation with a purpose” is how Tim Smith describes his newest farming venture that builds on past work to protect water quality on his Wright County farm.
Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom

  • 1/27/2015 4:52:00 AM
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Some classes have a pet hamster or guinea pig. But some northeast Iowa classes have trout—and they’re raising them from eggs and releasing them in Iowa streams. A national Trout Unlimited program, Trout in the Classroom, allows students to raise fish and learn about their habitat and the importance of clean water.
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