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12/22/2014 - 1/21/2015

The public is invited to provide comments on the DNR's draft revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) that addresses the lead nonattainment area in Council Bluffs. The meeting will be held in the Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 51503. For more information, go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Inside DNR/RegulatoryAir/StakeholderInvolvement.aspx. Scroll to Public Input section or contact Matthew Johnson at 515-725-9554 or Matthew.Johnson@dnr.iowa.gov.
Meet at Walnut Woods Lodge, 3155 Walnut wood Dr., West Des Moines. 1-mile or 2.5-mile options of moderate difficulty, mostly level. Hike a peaceful walk through bottomland woodland with a portion of the trail located near the Raccoon River. Possible sighting of wintering bald eagles and other winter resident birds and white-tailed deer. Bring a water bottle and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Pets on a leash are allowed on the trail during the hike. Hot chocolate, coffee and refreshmen...
Meet at Prairie Resource Center, 2820 Brushy Creek Road, Lehigh. Hike is on the easy 2-mile Southeast River Loop.  Hikers will enjoy a hike along the Des Moines River and experience the beauty of the woods in the dead of winter. Hopefully a variety of wildlife will be spotted along the way. Bring water, wear warm clothes, and binoculars will come in handy if you have them.   For more information, call the park at 515-543-8298. If the event is cancelled, a notice will be posted at ww...
Meet at South Bluff Nature Center, 24668 Hwy 52 Bellevue. Depending on weather, hill leading up to nature center can be difficult to traverse. Guided 1.5 mi. hike of moderate difficulty. Get Outdoors on New Year's Day and enjoy a beautiful guided hike on Meadow Trail. The 1.5 mile hike will go by the butterfly garden onto a gently rolling trail loop. Listen to and identify birds. Bring water, snacks, binoculars. Snow shoes and well-mannered pets welcomed. For more information call the park at 5...
Meet at Waubonsie Park Office for a guided hike of the 1.5 mile Sunset Ridge Trail of moderate difficulty. The entire trail takes about an hour to hike. Wildlife viewing and photo opportunities abound. If snow is present, wind-sculpted drifts will line the edge of the trail. Hot cocoa, coffee and locally baked goodies will be available after the hike. For more information, call the park at 712-382-2786. If event is cancelled, notice will be posted at www.iowadnr.gov/parkclosures.
Meet at EB Lyons Nature Center, 8991 Bellevue Heights, Dubuque. A guided one-mile hike is planned for the Lead Mine and Pine Chapel Trails. Moderate difficulty. Hike through forested areas and a prairie in the lower valley, passing the Pine Chapel, Root Cellar and Wine Cellar of the historic Junkermann farm site. Listen for pileated woodpeckers and other songbirds as you trek past a pit mine and mine shaft. Snowshoes available on a limited basis, or bring your own if needed. Bring a water bottl...
Kids Fish Iowa! Ice Fishing Adventure (Toddville) Start time: 9:00 am End time: 11:30 am Youth ice fishing clinic; Instructional topics include: aquatic habitats, equipment care/maintenance, stewardship of natural resources; fish identification, fishing regulations, and water safety  The clinic is open to all youth under 18. Fishing informational items will be provided by Linn CCB and the Iowa DNR.Fishing rods made available by North Linn Fish and Game for those who do not hav...
River of Words® (ROW) conducts an environmental poetry and art contest for youth aged 5 to 19 in grades K-12 every year. ROW is a Project of The Center for Environmental literacy at St. Mary's College of California. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of their own watershed, and to express what they discover through poetry and art. Winners of the international contest will be announced in April of each year, and are honored in a mid-April ceremony a...
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The DNR is seeking public comments on renewing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permit known as General Permit #6 (GP6). The permit has been required since 2010 for well construction and well services sites that produce wastewater that reaches a Water of the U.S. The permit authorizes the discharges, provided the wastewater is adequately treated to meet state water quality standards. Written comments or questions can be sent by Jan. 9 to Wendy Hieb, DNR NPDE...
Ice Fishing Event (Bluebill Lake) Enjoy a morning of ice fishing at Bluebill Lake! Instructional topics include: aquatic habitats, equipment care/maintenance, stewardship of natural resources, fish identification, fishing regulations, and water safety  A fun morning of fishing for all is the main goal of this program.There will be a fire going for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs.Mentors will be present to assist novices with ice fishing techniques.A limited supply of equipment will be ...
Lake Iowa Ice Fishing Clinic Start time: 2:00 pm End time: 4:00 pm Learn the basics of ice fishing and ice safetly at this beginner's ice fishing clinic at Lake Iowa Park. Join Brad Freidhof, Conservation Program Manager for Johnson County Conservation, to learn the basics of ice fishing and ice safety, as well as fish ID. Meet at the Lake Iowa boat ramp and be sure to dress for the weather. We will provide equipment and bait, but they will be limited, so bring your own if you have it. Please...
Ice Fishing Clinic (Oxford) Beginner ice fishing clinic; Instructional topics include: equipment care/maintenance, fish identification, fishing regulations, and water safety  Anglers are reminded to have a valid 2015 fishing license, if they are age 16 or older. Kent Park Lake, 2046 Highway 6 NW, Oxford Johnson County Conservation Board, Sydney Algreen, 319-645-1011 or Brad Freidhof, 319-331-7513, bfreidhof@co.johnson.ia.us
Client Contact Group, 1-3 p.m. Wallace The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recognizes the need to provide the public with a way to learn about new programs and requirements related to Environmental Services programs. The Client Contact Group is an open forum to discuss new rules or program developments on the state and federal level. These meetings are a good source of information for anyone who works with or has an interest in activities related to environmental management.
Urban Trout Stocking - North Prairie Time: 1:00 pm The urban lakes trout program is an effort to introduce trout fishing to more anglers across the state.These cool weather stockings provide easy-access trout fishing opportunities in areas that cannot support trout during the summer months. A combination of 1,000 to 2,000 Rainbow and/or Brook trout are stocked at each location. Note: All winter events are weather dependent and ice quality dependent. Anglers are reminded to have ...
Blue Pit Family Fishing Event Urban Trout Stocking - Mason City Start time: 11:00 am End time: 1:00 pm The family ice fishing event will include instruction on the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, fish identification, fishing regulations, and water safety. The urban lakes trout program is an effort to introduce trout fishing to more anglers across the state.These cool weather stockings provide easy-access trout fishing opportunities in areas that cannot support trout du...
Ice Fishing Clinic (Coralville) Beginner ice fishing clinic; Instructional topics include: equipment care/maintenance, fish identification, fishing regulations, and water safety  Anglers are reminded to have a valid 2015 fishing license, if they are age 16 or older. North Ridge Park Pond, Holiday Road, Coralville Johnson County Conservation Board, Sydney Algreen, 319-645-1011 or Brad Freidhof, 319-331-7513, bfreidhof@co.johnson.ia.us
Environmental Protection Commission, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) is a panel of nine citizens who provide policy oversight over Iowa's environmental protection efforts. EPC members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by vote of the Senate for four year terms.

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