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Olofson Shooting Range to Close Dec 20 for Construction

Olofson Shooting Range to Close Dec 20 for Construction

  • 12/1/2015 7:04:00 AM
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POLK CITY - The Charles “Butch” Olofson shooting range at Big Creek State Park in Polk County will close on December 20 to allow contractors to remove the old structures and install a new registration and classroom facility, add new baffles, and conduct lead reclamation and berm maintenance.
2015 DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded to Rural Fire Departments

2015 DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded to Rural Fire Departments

  • 12/1/2015 7:00:00 AM
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More than $173,000 in 50 percent cost-share grants have recently been awarded to 74 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires. The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression, personal protective and communications equipment.
New Title V Application Completeness Review Checklist

New Title V Application Completeness Review Checklist

  • 11/30/2015 10:04:00 AM
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The DNR has a new air quality operating (Title V) permit application form – Completeness Review Checklist. The new Completeness Review Checklist is an optional tool that facilities and consultants may use when filling out a Title V permit application.
Where Do Your Recyclables Go?

Where Do Your Recyclables Go?

  • 11/30/2015 7:24:23 AM
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If your kids have ever asked what happens to that milk jug after you toss it in the recycling bin - or maybe you're curious yourself - here's what happens beyond the bin.
Deer Harvest Running Ahead of Previous Years

Deer Harvest Running Ahead of Previous Years

  • 11/24/2015 7:14:00 AM
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Hunters have reported harvesting more than 27,300 deer so far into the 2015 season, which is nearly 4,000 more than was reported in 2013 and 2014 over the same time period.
Pleasant Creek Lake Restoration Project Delayed

Pleasant Creek Lake Restoration Project Delayed

  • 11/24/2015 7:12:00 AM
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PALO, Iowa – The lake restoration project at the Pleasant Creek Recreation Area scheduled to begin this winter has been postponed to April 2016 due to an unforeseen problem with the main gate valve in the dam requiring it to be replaced before the project can begin.
Siouxland I-29 Focus of Special Game Check

Siouxland I-29 Focus of Special Game Check

  • 11/24/2015 7:10:00 AM
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SIOUX CITY - The southbound Interstate-29 weigh station south of Sioux City was a busy place on the afternoon of November 15. It was the interviewing location for a game check point that identified and interviewed 620 people traveling on the interstate between noon and 5 p.m. that had been hunting, fishing or had a firearm in their vehicle.
Move Over, Turkey: Pheasant for Thanksgiving

Move Over, Turkey: Pheasant for Thanksgiving

  • 11/24/2015 6:48:00 AM
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With pheasant numbers up, it's time to not only reinstate the annual Thanksgiving pheasant hunt tradition, but to put one on the table for the big holiday meal, too.
Preview Opportunity for DNR’s New Emissions Reporting System

Preview Opportunity for DNR’s New Emissions Reporting System

  • 11/20/2015 7:37:00 AM
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The SLEIS Preview Webinar previously scheduled for November 20th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM CST has been re-scheduled to November 24th from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM CST due to the pending inclement weather. Please see details below to register for the SLEIS Webinar on November 24th.
Bottled Water Advisory Remains in Effect for Sheldahl

Bottled Water Advisory Remains in Effect for Sheldahl

  • 11/19/2015 7:08:00 AM
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SHELDAHL – Water samples from the city of Sheldahl in Polk County are still testing high for nitrites, keeping a bottled water advisory in effect for infants under six months old.
New Title V EZ Mod Permit Application Form

New Title V EZ Mod Permit Application Form

  • 11/19/2015 2:24:00 AM
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The DNR has a new air quality operating (Title V) permit application form – EZ Mod Form. The new EZ Mod Form is an optional alternative to the standard Title V application forms to request a minor Title V permit modification. To reduce submitting duplicate information, this form incorporates data elements from air construction permit applications and final issued air construction permits.
Wood Ducks Cuffed for Migratory Behavior

Wood Ducks Cuffed for Migratory Behavior

  • 11/18/2015 6:22:00 AM
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Each year in late summer at 31 Iowa locations, seclusive wood ducks are captured and banded as part of a U.S. and Canadian effort to learn their migratory pathways, survival rates and breeding areas. The efforts help establish hunting seasons and regulations.
Cool Things You Should Know About Crayfish

Cool Things You Should Know About Crayfish

  • 11/18/2015 4:57:00 AM
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Whether you call it a crawdad, crayfish, or crawfish, the facts on these critters can be amazing. They can regrow legs, carry up to 450 eggs, and they’ve lived in Iowa for 13,000 years. And then there are cool blue crayfish like this one, called virile crayfish - scientists believe a recessive gene causes the bright blue coloring.
Sight in Guns Before Deer Season Begins

Sight in Guns Before Deer Season Begins

  • 11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM
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Hunters have the opportunity to get reacquainted with their gun before deer season begins at 11 Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ shooting ranges across the state.
Basic Firearm Rules are Important For A Safe Hunt

Basic Firearm Rules are Important For A Safe Hunt

  • 11/17/2015 10:27:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s two shotgun deer seasons opens on Dec. 5, and while optimism for a successful hunt is the primary focus, hunters are encouraged to brush up on safe hunting practices.
Hunters Use Popular Program to Donate Deer Meat to Food Bank of Iowa

Hunters Use Popular Program to Donate Deer Meat to Food Bank of Iowa

  • 11/17/2015 10:25:00 AM
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Have an extra deer at the end of the hunt? Maybe you bought an extra tag, to hunt longer? Consider donating to Iowa’s HUSH program. HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger) works with 81 participating lockers to provide high quality meat to needy Iowans, through the Food Bank of Iowa.
Register Your Harvest

Register Your Harvest

  • 11/17/2015 10:15:00 AM
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Your deer is down, tagged and on its way to the truck. Your harvest is not complete, though, until you register it; online, over the phone or at a license vendor.
DNR To Continue Surveillance for Chronic Wasting Disease

DNR To Continue Surveillance for Chronic Wasting Disease

  • 11/17/2015 10:13:00 AM
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The Iowa DNR’s wildlife staff will be collecting tissue samples during Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons to test for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Iowa’s wild deer herd.
Iowa's 2015 Shotgun Deer Season Preview

Iowa's 2015 Shotgun Deer Season Preview

  • 11/17/2015 10:12:00 AM
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Iowa’s shotgun deer season is still a few weeks away leaving time for hunters to contact landowners, sight in shotguns and tend to all the details before getting out and enjoying Iowa’s outdoors with friends and family.
Know Your Bait: Legal Fishing Bait in Iowa

Know Your Bait: Legal Fishing Bait in Iowa

  • 11/17/2015 8:06:00 AM
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While many anglers buy tackle and bait from commercial dealers, others prefer to catch their own. While live bait can be extremely effective, it can also get anglers into hot water if they don’t know the bait regulations or cannot correctly identify bait species they collect from public waters.
Preview Opportunity for DNR's New Emissions Reporting System

Preview Opportunity for DNR's New Emissions Reporting System

  • 11/13/2015 3:27:00 AM
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The Air Quality Bureau is in its final stages of testing the State & Local Emissions Inventory System (SLEIS). SLEIS is the DNR’s new online system for businesses to submit their air emissions inventory reports. Based on the feedback we receive during November, a decision will be made as to whether to begin electronic reporting in SLEIS next year or wait until 2017.
7 Cool Things You Should Know About Opossums

7 Cool Things You Should Know About Opossums

  • 11/12/2015 8:54:00 AM
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Opossums may not win a beauty pageant anytime soon, since these marsupials look similar to oversized rats, but they actually aren’t nearly as gnarly as they appear. In fact, they’re one of the most unique animals in Iowa, and they have ecological benefits in both natural and urban environments. So the next time you see one of these little foragers, think about what good they might be doing for you instead of grabbing the broom.
Habitat Work to Begin at Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Habitat Work to Begin at Badger Creek State Recreation Area

  • 11/12/2015 8:10:00 AM
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Van Meter, Iowa - Contractors will begin removing invasive plants and other brush at two areas at Badger Creek State Recreation Area in Madison County this fall as part of a multiyear project to convert the area to native prairie.
Healing through Hunting: Wounded Warrior Hunts

Healing through Hunting: Wounded Warrior Hunts

  • 11/10/2015 10:05:00 AM
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Conservation officer Terry Nims pulls his camo rain jacket hood over his head. He lifts the truck’s door lever and swings his legs out and down. Shoulders humped against the downpour, he splashes his way to the blind door and tests it, then sticks a key in the lock and twists it. He waves for his companion to come ahead.
Fall Trout Spawn

Fall Trout Spawn

  • 11/10/2015 5:32:00 AM
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Hundreds of yellow ovals offset the brown and green coloration of each female brown trout ready to spawn at the Manchester Fish Hatchery. The splashes of color are signs that trout spawning season is in full swing.
Elk Shot In Monona County Sunday

Elk Shot In Monona County Sunday

  • 11/9/2015 9:25:00 AM
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An elk of unknown origin in west central Iowa was shot at the request of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Sunday morning to protect the Iowa deer herd and domestic livestock from the potential impacts of chronic wasting disease and other diseases.
Top Iowa Cabin Fall Getaways

Top Iowa Cabin Fall Getaways

  • 11/6/2015 9:53:00 AM
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Enjoy an overnight stay and the beautiful changing seasons in Iowa’s state parks.
Public Comment Period and Hearings on Proposed Air Quality Fees

Public Comment Period and Hearings on Proposed Air Quality Fees

  • 11/6/2015 4:36:00 AM
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On October 8, 2015, the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) approved a Notice of Intended Action for asbestos notification fees and application fees for construction and operating permits. The EPC agenda, draft fee schedule, fiscal impact statement, job impact statement, and the rulemaking available at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Air-Quality/Stakeholder-Involvement.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet November 12 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet November 12 in Des Moines

  • 11/5/2015 4:45:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet 9:30 a.m., Nov. 12, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
Dairy Runoff Reaches Stream In Clinton County

Dairy Runoff Reaches Stream In Clinton County

  • 11/4/2015 9:41:00 AM
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CHARLOTTE – At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the DNR received a complaint of manure runoff reaching an unnamed stream about two miles north of Charlotte in Clinton County.
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