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Summer tips to land Iowa’s big fish

Summer tips to land Iowa’s big fish

  • 8/29/2017 12:10:00 PM
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Iowa anglers have lots of opportunities to earn a Master Angler award this Labor Day weekend. Finding places that have big fish is key to catching big fish.
Tieville Bend Wildlife Area is western Iowa’s secret hunting hot spot

Tieville Bend Wildlife Area is western Iowa’s secret hunting hot spot

  • 8/29/2017 12:08:00 PM
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The parking lot of the Super 8 at I-29 and Hwy. 175 fills each fall with trucks pulling boats covered with duck blinds. For hunters, the bread and butter at Tieville Bend is the fall duck migration and if you want to know how the hunting is, go to Onawa and stop in Dave’s World Truck Stop and Restaurant, Suds and Jugs, or Millers Kitchen.
Gizzard Shad found in Iowa Great Lakes

Gizzard Shad found in Iowa Great Lakes

  • 8/29/2017 12:05:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) discovered 26, 3- to 5-inch gizzard shad, in East Okoboji Lake on August 11 as part of routine sampling.
Public Meeting to discuss Hickory Grove Lake improvement plan

Public Meeting to discuss Hickory Grove Lake improvement plan

  • 8/29/2017 12:03:00 PM
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NEVADA –The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Story County Conservation Board (SCCB) will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 12th, at the Oriole Shelter in Hickory Grove Park, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Hickory Grove Lake in Story County.
7 things to know before you go tent camping

7 things to know before you go tent camping

  • 8/28/2017 11:51:00 AM
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The ability to successfully go tent camping in Iowa is a rite of passage for many. Roughing it without air conditioning or electronics doesn’t need to be hard, though. This list will prepare tent campers young and old, experienced or novice, with the knowledge to have a pleasant and well-prepared for adventure.
White bass die off at Big Creek Lake

White bass die off at Big Creek Lake

  • 8/28/2017 7:34:00 AM
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Polk City - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a fish kill involving white bass at Big Creek Lake.  
DNR tracks fish kill to dairy near Decorah

DNR tracks fish kill to dairy near Decorah

  • 8/26/2017 7:35:00 AM
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DECORAH - The Wednesday morning report of a fish kill about four miles southwest of Decorah sent DNR staff to investigate Dry Run Creek that afternoon.
Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area opens for public use

Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area opens for public use

  • 8/24/2017 1:28:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The metro’s newest recreational area is open for outdoor enthusiasts. On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, along with the Des Moines Water Works, the City of West Des Moines and the Friends of Walnut Woods State Park held a grand opening of Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area located off Army Post Road, southwest of Walnut Woods State Park.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 8/24/2017 12:22:00 PM
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DES MOINES – DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions.
Grand opening press event for Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area

Grand opening press event for Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area

  • 8/23/2017 12:00:00 PM
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 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with Des Moines Water Works, City of West Des Moines and the Friends of Walnut Woods State Park group, will hold a press conference for the grand opening of Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area. This lake and recreational area will create many new opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to recreate and enjoy the outdoors and be close to West Des Moines and Des Moines.
Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is southern Iowa’s rugged retreat

Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is southern Iowa’s rugged retreat

  • 8/22/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Mount Ayr, Iowa – The Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is a 1,500-acre outdoor playground on the way to nowhere. While travelers are not likely to stumble upon it, hunters would be wise to know its location.
Squirrel season begins September 2

Squirrel season begins September 2

  • 8/22/2017 10:58:00 AM
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Squirrel hunters should expect to find an average to above average squirrel population over most of the state, with higher squirrel numbers in areas with quality oak and hickory trees. Squirrel season opens Sept. 2.
State Forest Nursery Launches New Online Store

State Forest Nursery Launches New Online Store

  • 8/22/2017 10:42:00 AM
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Ordering trees from the DNR’s State Forest Nursery just got easier. A new online sales site features dozens of quality native Iowa trees and an easy check-out process.
Iowa's most Instagrammed state parks

Iowa's most Instagrammed state parks

  • 8/22/2017 9:07:00 AM
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For many, when they step outside to enjoy Iowa’s state parks, snapping some pictures is a natural part of the journey. Explore parks all over the state by hiking, biking, relaxing lake side and experiencing extraordinary views – you can start with these 10, which are the parks posted about the most by Iowans on Instagram
DNR checking green color in Wright County waterway

DNR checking green color in Wright County waterway

  • 8/17/2017 1:36:00 PM
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EAGLE GROVE - Field staff from the DNR’s Mason City office investigated complaints of green water in a waterway about four miles south of Eagle Grove in Wright County on Wednesday.
Iowa will be touched by the total eclipse

Iowa will be touched by the total eclipse

  • 8/17/2017 7:13:00 AM
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FREMONT COUNTY, Iowa -- On Monday, millions of Americans and visitors from around the world will flock to a 70-mile wide path, stretching from Portland, Ore., to Charleston, S.C. They will be there to witness, for what most will be, a once-in-a-lifetime event – a total eclipse of the sun.
Iowa’s dove hunting season opens statewide September 1

Iowa’s dove hunting season opens statewide September 1

  • 8/15/2017 11:02:00 AM
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Iowa’s dove hunting season is just around the corner and hunters getting ready to pursue the country’s most popular game bird are encouraged to visit the areas they plan to hunt before opening day. 
Zebra mussels found in Carter Lake

Zebra mussels found in Carter Lake

  • 8/15/2017 11:00:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is watching Carter Lake after juvenile zebra mussels were recently found in a water sample collected by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) staff. Although veligers were detected, intensive sampling the past week did not find any adult zebra mussels.
Deer licenses on sale Aug. 15

Deer licenses on sale Aug. 15

  • 8/15/2017 10:59:00 AM
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Licenses to pursue Iowa’s world class deer herd go on sale Aug. 15 at more than 700 license sales agents statewide and online.
Landowners, hunters, bird watchers realize Big Marsh’s benefits

Landowners, hunters, bird watchers realize Big Marsh’s benefits

  • 8/15/2017 10:56:00 AM
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Parkersburg, Iowa - The Big Marsh Wildlife Area is a working example of the benefits of taking wet farmland where crops struggle 70 percent of the time and creating a large public area with expansive wetlands and prairies attractive to waterfowl and waterfowl hunters, snakes, shorebirds, pheasants, deer, turkeys and even endangered wood turtles.
Air Quality Bureau Title V Workshop (September 26th and 27th)

Air Quality Bureau Title V Workshop (September 26th and 27th)

  • 8/14/2017 8:50:00 AM
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Since our last training workshop, representatives from manufacturing, grain processing, and utilities worked together with the DNR to simply the Title V application process. Multiple process improvement events resulted in updated application forms and instructions and new procedures for optional pre-application meetings.
Applying for a Title V permit just got easier!

Applying for a Title V permit just got easier!

  • 8/11/2017 7:56:00 AM
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With the goals of simplifying the application forms and reducing duplicate data entry, representatives from manufacturing, grain processing, and utilities worked together with the DNR to simplify the application process. 
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 8/10/2017 11:56:00 AM
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DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions.
Hot weather taking its toll on fish

Hot weather taking its toll on fish

  • 8/10/2017 11:55:00 AM
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The end of summer is the worst time for underwater dwellers. When temperatures are high and oxygen levels are low, fish and other water critters are particularly vulnerable.
Hot weather taking its toll on fish

Hot weather taking its toll on fish

  • 8/8/2017 12:43:00 PM
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The end of summer is the worst time for underwater dwellers. When temperatures are high and oxygen levels are low, fish and other water critters are particularly vulnerable.
Water level to drop at Diamond Lake ahead of renovation this fall

Water level to drop at Diamond Lake ahead of renovation this fall

  • 8/8/2017 12:41:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning a repeat of a successful restoration effort on Diamond Lake in Dickinson County. The DNR will lower the water level in the lake through this fall and winter to eliminate problem fish.
Late summer underwater aquatic plant control for ponds

Late summer underwater aquatic plant control for ponds

  • 8/8/2017 12:33:00 PM
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Pond plants are necessary for a healthy pond, but too many can upset a fishing pond’s balance and become a nuisance. Many pond owners struggle with how to control a number of aquatic plants, without completely removing all plants, so they can enjoy their pond.
Alliant Energy and Iowa DNR team up to offer eight Operation ReLeaf events this fall

Alliant Energy and Iowa DNR team up to offer eight Operation ReLeaf events this fall

  • 8/8/2017 12:31:00 PM
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DES MOINES – A popular program offering landscape quality trees at a deep discount to Alliant Energy customers will be held at eight locations across Iowa this fall. Residential tree distributions will take place in Buena Vista, Fayette, Jefferson, Jones, Lee, Linn, Lucas and Story counties this September and October.
Vote now for Iowa's best attraction

Vote now for Iowa's best attraction

  • 8/8/2017 12:29:00 PM
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Both Maquoketa Caves and Pikes Peak state parks have been picked as “best Iowa attractions” by USA TODAY for their 10Best Readers’ Choice contest currently underway.
9 animals you probably won’t see in Iowa

9 animals you probably won’t see in Iowa

  • 8/4/2017 1:15:00 PM
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Whether they are on the endangered species list, only come out during certain times of the year, or are simply hard to see, these animals are rarely seen in Iowa.
How do fish breathe?

How do fish breathe?

  • 8/4/2017 10:50:00 AM
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Humans and fish both require oxygen to survive. The difference is, we get our oxygen through air while fish get it through water.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 8/3/2017 2:30:00 PM
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DES MOINES – DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions. The following list summarizes recent enforcement actions.
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