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Field Services and Compliance BureauCleanup of a spill in a waterway.

Barbara Lynch, Bureau Chief
Wallace State Office Building
502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone 712-260-1728; Fax 515-725-8201


The Field Services and Compliance Bureau includes six field offices throughout the state. They are the local representatives of the Environmental Services Division, and their primary task is helping industry and the public understand environmental services programs.

They conduct routine inspections of all facilities permitted by the Environmental Services Division. Staff in the field help individuals and businesses understand when to apply for a permit and how to meet permit requirements. Field staff also respond to spills and handle complaints from the public, often resolving disputes between neighbors. If technical assistance and cooperative activities do not resolve a problem, the field office staff may recommend more formal measures to seek compliance. In any compliance actions, field office, central office and legal staff form a team to coordinate each case until it is finally resolved.

The field staff also work with other federal, state and local agencies to educate the public and regulated community and protect Iowa's nature resources.  Other state agencies the DNR frequently works with include the State Fire Marshal's Office the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Field Office mapField Office #1, Manchester - Northeast, Iowa
Field Office #2, Mason City - North Central, Iowa
Field Office #3, Spencer - Northwest, Iowa
Field Office #4, Atlantic - Southwest, Iowa
Field Office #5, Des Moines - South Central, Iowa
Field Office #6, Washington - Southeast, Iowa

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The Field Services and Compliance Bureau is also responsible for Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act reporting and data management and disaster planning, technical support, and response activities.  These activities are coordinated by emergency response staff.

Other DNR Environmental Offices

Air Quality – 7900 Hickman Rd Suite 1, Windsor Heights IA 50324