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Spring panfish bite is heating up

Spring panfish bite is heating up

  • 5/16/2017 10:28:00 AM
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Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Here's a few hotspots to try this spring.
Sulfur Dioxide Data Requirements Rule Report Available for Public Review and Comment

Sulfur Dioxide Data Requirements Rule Report Available for Public Review and Comment

  • 5/16/2017 7:48:00 AM
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The DNR is documenting significant reductions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions in Des Moines and Wapello Counties in the first annual report required by the federal SO2 Data Requirements Rule (DRR).  The DRR requires an annual assessment of recent SO2 emissions in any area designated attainment based on air quality modeling of actual emissions.  
Peregrine falcons building on nesting successes

Peregrine falcons building on nesting successes

  • 5/9/2017 2:01:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Peregrine falcons have increased their presence in Iowa, with peregrine partners and volunteers now reporting 20 peregrine falcon territories in the state.
Time to register for popular U of Iowa wildlife camps at six state parks

Time to register for popular U of Iowa wildlife camps at six state parks

  • 5/2/2017 11:11:00 AM
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Looking for a fun, enriching adventure for the kids this summer? Six Iowa state parks will host the popular University of Iowa Wildlife Camps for local families. The conservation education day-camp program will be offered at Maquoketa Caves, Mines of Spain, George Wyth, Springbrook, Viking Lake and Ledges state parks.
Alcohol ban in place, hours extended at two Iowa beaches

Alcohol ban in place, hours extended at two Iowa beaches

  • 4/26/2017 2:23:00 PM
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DES MOINES -- The Department of Natural Resources is reminding the public that an alcohol ban is currently in effect for the beaches at Lake Macbride State Park near Solon in Johnson County and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, north of Cedar Rapids.  The ban applies to both the sand area of the beach, a 200-foot buffer of land surrounding the sand, and the designated swimming area adjacent to the beach as marked by buoys or swim lines. This ban allows the DNR to reopen the beaches until 10:30pm.
Updated SLEIS Training Videos Now Available Online

Updated SLEIS Training Videos Now Available Online

  • 3/14/2017 9:55:00 AM
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Due to high demand for State & Local Emission Inventory System (SLEIS) training, the DNR has developed several training videos that are available on the Air Quality Bureau’s eAirServices webpage.
Trees For Kids Grant Applications Due March 1

Trees For Kids Grant Applications Due March 1

  • 2/7/2017 11:56:00 AM
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Trees For Kids grant applications are available online for schools and communities to involve youth in planting trees this spring.  The grants pay up to $5,000 for landscape trees and mulch for schools, communities and other public areas.
Iowa owl identification guide

Iowa owl identification guide

  • 12/5/2016 2:51:00 PM
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That tell-tale disc-shaped face tells you it’s an owl, sure – but which one? Iowa has nine different species that call our state home, whether full-time or part-time, and you can find them in a number of different habitats. Here’s what to look for.
7 Ways to Skip the Crowds and Take It Outside this Holiday Season

7 Ways to Skip the Crowds and Take It Outside this Holiday Season

  • 11/21/2016 3:57:00 PM
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Find time to take it outside this holiday season. Pick an activity based on weather conditions and your condition, and just get outside. Iowa’s state parks, recreation areas and forests are ready to supply the dose of nature we all need to decompress during this stressful time of year.
Solid Waste Alternatives Program proposal review on hold

Solid Waste Alternatives Program proposal review on hold

  • 11/17/2016 1:51:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Due to continued increasing interest and participation in the DNR’s Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP), coupled with decreased available funding, the DNR will not currently accept new funding proposal requests. 
Union County trapper shoots self in thigh

Union County trapper shoots self in thigh

  • 11/15/2016 12:37:00 PM
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A 24 year old Afton man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his thigh while checking traps in rural Union County Sunday morning.
Sodium hydroxide leak stopped in Muscatine

Sodium hydroxide leak stopped in Muscatine

  • 10/26/2016 12:45:00 PM
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MUSCATINE – An unknown amount of sodium hydroxide sprayed into the Mississippi River Monday following the transfer of the chemical from a barge to K. A. Steel Chemicals in south Muscatine.
Iowa's Bullseye Boys

Iowa's Bullseye Boys

  • 8/26/2016 2:08:00 PM
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Archery requires rigorous concentration and is steeped in history, but two Iowa teens are starting a new chapter—Nick Wright of Spencer will be the first Iowa archer from a national after-school program to receive a collegiate athletic scholarship this fall, and David Machart of Anamosa is the first Iowan, fifth in the nation, to score a perfect 300. 
Outdoor First Aid Tips for Dog Owners

Outdoor First Aid Tips for Dog Owners

  • 8/24/2016 10:04:00 AM
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According to a leading national survey, more than 54 percent of American households have a dog, and nearly 78 million dogs are pets across the nation. These animals can provide comfort, protection and affection for their owners to a degree nearly unrivaled in the animal kingdom, and in return we protect our pooches as best we can. But despite our best efforts, accidents occasionally happen in the great outdoors that endanger our fuzzy friends’ well-being. While first aid is never a substitute for veterinary care, ...
Lake Macbride: The Big and Small of It

Lake Macbride: The Big and Small of It

  • 7/15/2016 10:05:00 AM
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I’d found the perfect outdoors go-to for some head-clearing solitude under one of the state’s most venerable tree canopies: the park’s majestic white oaks include many trees 150 years old and up.
Iowa Fisheries Biologist Recognized for Excellence in Research

Iowa Fisheries Biologist Recognized for Excellence in Research

  • 7/5/2016 11:28:00 AM
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Iowa fisheries research biologist Jonathan Meerbeek was recognized as the Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) at their annual meeting last week in Saint Louis.
DNR Responds to Spill in Lyon County

DNR Responds to Spill in Lyon County

  • 6/29/2016 9:21:00 AM
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ROCK RAPIDS –Environmental specialists from the DNR’s Spencer field office were called to an accident scene after a semi flatbed trailer rolled into the ditch near Highway 9 about six miles west of Rock Rapids Tuesday morning.
Holstein Teacher Recognized for Outstanding Fishing Program

Holstein Teacher Recognized for Outstanding Fishing Program

  • 6/14/2016 12:18:00 PM
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Justin Kinney, physical education and health instructor at Ridge View High School in Holstein, is the 2016 recipient of the Brass Bluegill award from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fish Iowa! program.
Grant Applications Available Now for School and Community Tree Planting

Grant Applications Available Now for School and Community Tree Planting

  • 6/7/2016 1:01:00 PM
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Trees For Kids grant applications are now available for the fall 2016 grant cycle. The Trees For Kids grant program is designed to provide hands-on educational opportunities for Iowa youth by planting trees on school grounds and other public places. 
Entrance Roads at Lost Grove Lake Closing June 6

Entrance Roads at Lost Grove Lake Closing June 6

  • 6/2/2016 1:44:00 PM
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Road paving construction will begin next week at Lost Grove Lake located east of Eldridge.  The south entrance road leading to Backcast Bay Shoreline Access Area (located near the corner of 250th Street and 230th Avenue) will close on June 6 and the entrance road leading to the Old Red Barn Boat Ramp (formerly the middle boat ramp; also located near the corner of 250th Street and 230th  Avenue) will close on June 8. 
Know Your Catch: How to ID Northern Pike and Muskies

Know Your Catch: How to ID Northern Pike and Muskies

  • 5/25/2016 10:47:00 AM
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Pikes and muskellunge are both predatory prize fish any angler would love to catch, but knowing the difference between the two makes a big difference in your fishing story… especially if you need to tell it to a conservation officer, because the rules for these species are different. Check out the easy tips below for identifying what’s on your line and what to do about it.
Tank of Dilute Herbicide Recovered From Delaware County Stream

Tank of Dilute Herbicide Recovered From Delaware County Stream

  • 5/21/2016 7:57:00 PM
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MANCHESTER – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will continue to monitor a small tributary of Golden Branch northeast of Ryan in Delaware County after a tank with dilute herbicide fell into the stream Saturday morning.
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