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Iowa's natural resources plates include the state bird and flower, pheasant, eagle, buck and a Brook trout. Support conservation in Iowa by buying a natural resource plate for your vehicle.
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Experience Iowa's natural beauty and all the fun our state parks offer. Make your online reservation for state park cabins, camping sites, shelters and lodges.
Support conservation in Iowa by buying a natural resource plate for your vehicle.
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There are many ways for you to help get involved with stream care. The Rivers Programs at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is involved with not only recreation, but preservation, conservation, restoration, low head dam modification and stream bank stabilization. It is important that we all become good stewards of our streams and lakes. Learn more about protected water areas, river clean-ups around the state and what you can do to help.
Protected Water Areas (Scenic Rivers) are land areas adjacent to five rivers in Iowa. PWA areas were legislatively authorized and are designated by the commission after an in-depth study for permanent designation.
Five areas were designated with public input as having outstanding cultural and natural resource values from 1985-1990 in accordance with Iowa code. These are some of Iowa's most scenic natural areas. Under the REAP program in the early 1990s, the PWA program became voluntary public land acquisition fund for more than a decade.
Iowa DNR is currently conducting a pilot project with Boone River PWA landowners to explore other types of voluntary land protection methods, including conservation easements and other land-protection agreements.
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Iowa’s Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program is a locally-led initiative to connect citizens with watershed projects and other conservation organizations and collectively increase knowledge of local water quality. Through the program, local leaders are equipped with the skills and tools to engage citizen volunteers for water quality testing in their region.
The Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is responsible for the design, implementation and management of Iowa's Ambient Water Monitoring Programs. The purpose of these programs is to provide consistent, unbiased information about the condition of Iowa's surface and groundwater resources so that decisions regarding the development, management, and protection of these resources may be improved.