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6 ways to safely "Take It Outside" this holiday season

6 ways to safely "Take It Outside" this holiday season

  • 11/24/2020 3:00:00 PM
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With the holiday season starting, the Iowa DNR is encouraging families to find safe ways to spend time outdoors this winter. Please be sure to keep your group small, social distance, and wear a mask when visiting places where social distancing is not possible.
EASY Air Permit Rescission Module Live

EASY Air Permit Rescission Module Live

  • 11/20/2020 1:47:00 PM
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Iowa DNR is pleased to announce the Iowa DNR Environmental Application System (Iowa EASY Air) will now accept construction permit rescission requests through a new application module.  
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 11/19/2020 11:55:00 AM
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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.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 11/19/2020 11:54:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The DNR Air Quality Bureau has the following draft permits up for review. The permits help protect Iowans’ health and air quality. DNR’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
Joint Fee Advisory Group Meeting on January 6, 2021

Joint Fee Advisory Group Meeting on January 6, 2021

  • 11/19/2020 10:17:00 AM
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Please join us on January 6, 2021, to review and provide comment on the draft Air Quality Bureau budget for the next state fiscal year (July 2021-June 2022). This is the annual fee advisory group meeting for the asbestos, construction permit, and operating permit advisory groups.
EPA Approves Iowa's Attainment Plan for Muscatine County

EPA Approves Iowa's Attainment Plan for Muscatine County

  • 11/18/2020 4:23:00 PM
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Iowa’s sulfur dioxide (SO2) attainment plan for Muscatine County. In collaboration with the DNR, facilities in the Muscatine area started reducing their SO2 emissions in 2015 to meet the federal health standard for SO2.
Fall trout spawn in full swing

Fall trout spawn in full swing

  • 11/18/2020 6:49:00 AM
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Hundreds of yellow ovals offset the brown and green coloration of each female brown trout ready to spawn at the Manchester Fish Hatchery. The splashes of color are signs that trout spawning season is in full swing.
Donated deer hides benefit disabled veterans

Donated deer hides benefit disabled veterans

  • 11/18/2020 6:46:00 AM
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Hunters donated more than 4,100 deer hides to Elks Lodges across Iowa last year, which was a slight decrease from the 2018-2019 season. The deer hides are used by the Veterans Leather Program to make professionally-crafted leather gloves for veterans in wheelchairs and also turned into leather used for therapy programs for recovering veterans.
Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

  • 11/18/2020 6:43:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s two shotgun deer seasons opens on Dec. 5, and while optimism for a successful hunt is the primary focus, hunters are encouraged to brush up on safe hunting practices.
Iowa's popular shotgun deer seasons are just a few weeks away

Iowa's popular shotgun deer seasons are just a few weeks away

  • 11/18/2020 6:39:00 AM
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Blaze orange clad hunters moving through Iowa’s timber will be a common sight when the first of two shotgun deer seasons open Dec. 5. An estimated 120,000 hunters participate in the shotgun seasons, harvesting about half of the total number of deer for the year.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 11/12/2020 2:07:00 PM
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DES MOINES – The DNR Air Quality Bureau has the following draft permits up for review.
DNR announces Food Storage Capacity Grant offering

DNR announces Food Storage Capacity Grant offering

  • 11/12/2020 2:06:00 PM
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DES MOINES — The DNR is offering a second round for applications for a grant opportunity to help address food waste, an issue that negatively impacts environmental, economic and social sustainability in Iowa and across the country.
Public comment sought on Section 401 water quality certification of nationwide permits

Public comment sought on Section 401 water quality certification of nationwide permits

  • 11/12/2020 2:03:00 PM
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DES MOINES – The DNR is seeking public comments on draft 401 water quality certification—the DNR’s certification that projects affecting streams, lakes, wetlands or on the floodplains will not violate state water quality standards. The 401 certification from DNR is required by state and federal law before the Corps of Engineers can issue a Section 404 permit.
DNR investigating discharge in Wright County

DNR investigating discharge in Wright County

  • 11/10/2020 9:46:00 AM
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CLARION - Monday afternoon, DNR staff were rechecking a discharge from a fertilizer plant into a drainage ditch about six miles southeast of Clarion.
Plan to participate in the Air Quality Client Contact meeting on November 19

Plan to participate in the Air Quality Client Contact meeting on November 19

  • 11/9/2020 1:29:00 PM
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Stay up-to-date on current events and upcoming changes in DNR’s air quality program. Plan to attend an open forum with DNR staff at the Air Quality Client Contact Meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 19. The meeting can be accessed virtually and by teleconference.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 11/5/2020 11:43:00 AM
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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.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 11/5/2020 11:42:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The DNR Air Quality Bureau has the following draft permits up for review. The permits help protect Iowans’ health and air quality. DNR’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

  • 11/3/2020 12:30:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Fish Iowa! angler education program has partnered with the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation’s (RBFF) Vamos A Pescar™ program to provide funding to local 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations to support local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through programs, classes and fishing activities. Minimum grant request is $5,000 with a 1:1 cash match required.
Virtual clinic aims to improve hunter skills

Virtual clinic aims to improve hunter skills

  • 11/3/2020 12:29:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a free virtual wing shooting clinic designed to help hunters age 16 and older become more effective waterfowl and upland bird hunters.
All 18 community trout ponds have been stocked this fall

All 18 community trout ponds have been stocked this fall

  • 11/3/2020 12:27:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at the last five community trout ponds as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer. 
Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

  • 11/3/2020 12:26:00 PM
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Enjoy what’s left of the spectacular colors and cool weather fishing in northeast Iowa’s hundreds of miles of trout streams this fall. From easily accessible streams in state or county parks, to those found in Iowa’s most wild and remote natural spaces, there are plenty of places to catch rainbow, brown and brook trout.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 10/29/2020 1:28:00 PM
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DES MOINES – The DNR Air Quality Bureau has the following draft permits up for review. The permits help protect Iowans’ health and air quality.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 10/29/2020 1:27:00 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.
Iowa’s trapping season starts Nov. 7

Iowa’s trapping season starts Nov. 7

  • 10/27/2020 2:27:00 PM
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Iowa trappers can expect to find good numbers of furbearers available statewide when the season begins on November 7.  
Seven additional community trout ponds ready for anglers to catch trout

Seven additional community trout ponds ready for anglers to catch trout

  • 10/27/2020 2:22:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at seven additional community trout ponds across Iowa as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer. 
Elk Lake restoration to begin this fall

Elk Lake restoration to begin this fall

  • 10/27/2020 9:09:00 AM
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Elk Lake, near Ruthven in eastern Clay County, will undergo a restoration project to improve its water quality, eliminate a rough fish population and provide quality habitat for fish and wildlife.
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park is Iowa’s second to celebrate 100 years

Lacey-Keosauqua State Park is Iowa’s second to celebrate 100 years

  • 10/26/2020 3:37:00 PM
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While many Iowans associate the start of the Iowa state park system with Backbone in northeast Iowa, they may be surprised to know that two state parks were originally dedicated in 1920. Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, nestled along a bend of the Des Moines River in Van Buren County, will celebrate its centennial on October 27
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