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Boater education is goal of national effort March 19-25

Boater education is goal of national effort March 19-25

  • 3/14/2017 11:36:00 AM
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A national campaign is encouraging boaters to enroll in a boater education course before the kickoff to the boating season. Many boater education courses are offering discounts or other incentives during the week of March 19-25, to students who enroll or complete a boating safety education course. 
Updated SLEIS Training Videos Now Available Online

Updated SLEIS Training Videos Now Available Online

  • 3/14/2017 10:55:00 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.
Title V Facilities' Emissions Reports due March 31, 2017

Title V Facilities' Emissions Reports due March 31, 2017

  • 3/13/2017 11:18:00 AM
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Facilities subject to Title V of the federal Clean Air Act must submit their emissions inventories for 2016 to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Air Quality Bureau by March 31, 2017.
Unplug at Pictured Rocks Park

Unplug at Pictured Rocks Park

  • 3/10/2017 3:58:00 PM
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The first oar through the cool clear water sends ripples of excitement down my spine. I’ve never canoed the Maquoketa River from Monticello to Pictured Rocks Park/Indian Bluffs, but trust the stream will get me there safely.
Build a Leopold bench

Build a Leopold bench

  • 3/10/2017 3:24:00 PM
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This model holds a functional usefulness not readily apparent. By sitting backwards with legs through the opening, the backrest now provides a sturdy support for the elbows while using binoculars or cameras to observe nature around you.
Five reasons to rent an Iowa State Parks cabin in the off-season

Five reasons to rent an Iowa State Parks cabin in the off-season

  • 3/10/2017 2:13:00 PM
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Have you ever considered staying in a cabin in Iowa state parks? We offer more than 90 cabins in 19 parks across the state. Here are five reasons why you might want to book now and stay in a cabin before Memorial Day:
1,500 archers compete at state tournament

1,500 archers compete at state tournament

  • 3/9/2017 10:34:00 AM
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Nearly 1,500 archers from 84 Iowa schools participated in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament March 3-4 in Des Moines.
Spring urban trout stocking schedule

Spring urban trout stocking schedule

  • 3/7/2017 1:16:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries staff will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout in 10 lakes across Iowa in March and April as part of its cool weather trout program.
Six Iowa state parks to host University of Iowa wildlife camps

Six Iowa state parks to host University of Iowa wildlife camps

  • 3/7/2017 1:11:00 PM
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This summer, six Iowa state parks will host University of Iowa Wildlife Camps for families living near the parks. The popular conservation education day camp program will be offered at Maquoketa Caves, Mines of Spain, George Wyth, Springbrook, Viking Lake and Ledges state parks.
Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

  • 3/6/2017 9:47:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., March 9, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Derelict Building Grant applications due April 21

Derelict Building Grant applications due April 21

  • 3/2/2017 12:43:00 PM
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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.  
Iowa’s 2017 Air Monitoring Network Plan Available for Public Review and Comment

Iowa’s 2017 Air Monitoring Network Plan Available for Public Review and Comment

  • 3/1/2017 5:21:00 PM
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The air monitoring network plan will assist the Iowa DNR in its efforts to monitor the quality of Iowa’s air and to keep the public aware of air quality problems. The plan is required by EPA’s national ambient air monitoring regulations. It contains detailed information about the location and purpose of any monitor in Iowa’s air monitoring network that produces data for comparison with national ambient air quality standards.
Go south for spring break - in Iowa

Go south for spring break - in Iowa

  • 3/1/2017 3:14:00 PM
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In Keokuk—Iowa’s southernmost city—it’s always numerous degrees warmer, so cozy up with eagles, ducks and pelicans and a fancy bed in Lee County.
Group mapping out way to save the monarch butterfly

Group mapping out way to save the monarch butterfly

  • 2/28/2017 1:52:00 PM
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The recent study by the Mexican government released on Feb. 9 found the monarch butterfly population wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, returning its population to historically low levels.
2016 Iowa deer harvest tops 100,000

2016 Iowa deer harvest tops 100,000

  • 2/28/2017 1:49:00 PM
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Deer hunters reported harvesting 101,397 deer during the 2016 Iowa deer hunting season, which is about 3,000 fewer than were reported in 2015, but nearly identical to the 2014 harvest.
Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

  • 2/28/2017 1:46:00 PM
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Hunter Education Classroom courses are offered by knowledgeable and certified volunteer instructors and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers. Classroom courses are typically 12-15 hours in length and are held over 2 to 3 sessions (days). In order to receive certification, a student must attend all sessions and pass the final exam.
Cool things you should know about Cooper's hawks

Cool things you should know about Cooper's hawks

  • 2/24/2017 5:14:00 PM
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Cooper’s hawks (Accipiter cooperii) are one of Iowa’s three accipiter species. (Accipiter is Latin for hawk and these species are primarily woodland raptors.) The Cooper’s hawk primarily dines on other birds. It’s the most widespread accipiter on the continent, with a range at least seasonally stretching from Panama to the southern tier of Canadian provinces.
Small diesel fuel spill stopped in Scott County

Small diesel fuel spill stopped in Scott County

  • 2/24/2017 10:14:00 AM
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WALCOTT - A sheen on Mud Creek in western Scott County about 10 miles northwest of Walcott led to the discovery of a leaking pipe from an above-ground diesel fuel tank Thursday morning..
Wastewater discharge ended in West Des Moines

Wastewater discharge ended in West Des Moines

  • 2/23/2017 12:49:00 PM
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WEST DES MOINES –The city of West Des Moines discovered untreated wastewater bubbling up from a manhole on the south side of the road in the 5400 block of University Avenue about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.  
Marcel named as chief of DNR’s field services

Marcel named as chief of DNR’s field services

  • 2/23/2017 12:48:00 PM
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DES MOINES– The Iowa DNR has chosen Jason Marcel to lead the agency’s Field Services and Compliance Bureau, which includes many frontline DNR staffers who explain scientific, legal and regulatory details that protect Iowa’s air, land and waters. 
Go wild - posters help support Iowa wildlife

Go wild - posters help support Iowa wildlife

  • 2/23/2017 12:15:00 PM
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What do monarchs and warblers have in common? They, along with more than 1,000 other birds, reptiles, insects, mammals and amphibians, rely on Iowans to support wildlife diversity initiatives in the state.
State Archery Tournament Begins March 3 in Des Moines

State Archery Tournament Begins March 3 in Des Moines

  • 2/21/2017 4:17:00 PM
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An estimated 1,500 Iowa students from fourth grade to 12th will be at the Iowa State Fairgrounds March 3-4 competing in the National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament.
Memorial Weekend campsites soon available for reservation

Memorial Weekend campsites soon available for reservation

  • 2/21/2017 4:11:00 PM
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The three-month window to reserve a state park campsite for a Friday arrival on Memorial Day weekend opens this Sunday, Feb. 26. More than a few campers will plan their arrival for the weekend before Memorial Day and stay through the holiday, which means their window is open now.
March 1 Deadline to Complete MAC Renewals

March 1 Deadline to Complete MAC Renewals

  • 2/17/2017 11:53:00 AM
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Certificates expire annually on March 1 for commercial manure applicators. Confinement site certificates are viable for three years ending on Dec. 31, with a two-month grace period for renewals.
MAC Applicator Training Wrapping Up

MAC Applicator Training Wrapping Up

  • 2/17/2017 11:52:00 AM
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Manure applicator certification training for confinement site applicators is wrapping up, with the last live session scheduled Feb. 28. Two dry/solid manure workshops are also available--designed to meet the needs of confinement or commercial applicators who handle dry or solid manure. They are scheduled for Feb. 21 in Adair County and Feb. 22 in Buena Vista County.
88 Counties Opt In for Master Matrix

88 Counties Opt In for Master Matrix

  • 2/17/2017 11:50:00 AM
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Again, 88 of 99 counties notified DNR that they plan to use the master matrix to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for animal confinements during 2017 and January of 2018. Supervisors in Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Keokuk, Lee, Mahaska, Osceola, Plymouth, Wapello, Warren and Washington counties did not pass a construction evaluation resolution, so they will not be using the master matrix this year.
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