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Elk Shot In Monona County Sunday

Elk Shot In Monona County Sunday

  • 11/9/2015 9:25:00 AM
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An elk of unknown origin in west central Iowa was shot at the request of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Sunday morning to protect the Iowa deer herd and domestic livestock from the potential impacts of chronic wasting disease and other diseases.
Public Comment Period and Hearings on Proposed Air Quality Fees

Public Comment Period and Hearings on Proposed Air Quality Fees

  • 11/6/2015 4:36:00 AM
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On October 8, 2015, the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) approved a Notice of Intended Action for asbestos notification fees and application fees for construction and operating permits. The EPC agenda, draft fee schedule, fiscal impact statement, job impact statement, and the rulemaking available at https://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Air-Quality/Stakeholder-Involvement.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet November 12 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet November 12 in Des Moines

  • 11/5/2015 4:45:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet 9:30 a.m., Nov. 12, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
Dairy Runoff Reaches Stream In Clinton County

Dairy Runoff Reaches Stream In Clinton County

  • 11/4/2015 9:41:00 AM
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CHARLOTTE – At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the DNR received a complaint of manure runoff reaching an unnamed stream about two miles north of Charlotte in Clinton County.
6 Cool Things You Should Know About Coyotes

6 Cool Things You Should Know About Coyotes

  • 11/4/2015 5:01:00 AM
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Coyotes are the most common wild canine species in Iowa, and their ancestors have been here for millions of years. Today, these majestic and mysterious animals continue to impact the ecology of Iowa and now act as our most common large predator. Although it’s difficult to estimate current numbers, lack of competition and plentiful food sources mean the Iowa population is likely at an all-time high.
Fastest Forest: 5 Quick-Growing Trees to Plant

Fastest Forest: 5 Quick-Growing Trees to Plant

  • 10/30/2015 4:47:00 AM
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If you’re the type that likes quick results, watching a tree grow might seem painfully slow. But that’s no reason not to plant trees this fall, especially with these quick-growing varieties.
Opportunity to Submit Air Quality Client Contact Meeting Agenda Items

Opportunity to Submit Air Quality Client Contact Meeting Agenda Items

  • 10/23/2015 10:58:00 AM
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The Air Quality Bureau is accepting agenda topics for the next Air Quality Client Contact Meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for November 19 at 1:00 p.m., at the DNR’s Air Quality Bureau Office. A conference call option is also available for the meeting.
Online Contour Map Available for Lost Grove Lake

Online Contour Map Available for Lost Grove Lake

  • 10/20/2015 8:16:00 AM
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An online contour map is now available for Iowa’s newest lake, Lost Grove Lake, located in Scott County. A ceremony to celebrate Lost Grove Lake’s dedication was held October 7.
  Lake Sugema and Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Becoming a Bird Conservation Area

Lake Sugema and Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Becoming a Bird Conservation Area

  • 9/29/2015 12:00:00 PM
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KEOSAUQUA – A public ceremony to dedicate Lake Sugema Wildlife Management Area, Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, Shimek State Forest Keosauqua Unit, and a portion of the Fox River watershed as Iowa’s newest Bird Conservation Area (BCA) will take place on October 15 at 1:30 pm. at the Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge.
  Former Sioux City Wastewater Operators Agree To Surrender Certification

Former Sioux City Wastewater Operators Agree To Surrender Certification

  • 9/24/2015 12:00:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Two former wastewater operators from Sioux City have agreed to permanently surrender their wastewater operator certifications following discovery by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that treatment procedures within the city’s wastewater operation were being manipulated.
6 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Raccoons

6 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Raccoons

  • 9/22/2015 12:00:00 PM
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Whether you call them trash bandits or just ‘coons, most everyone in Iowa has met this prominent Midwest mammal. While they may have a rather unfavorable reputation in urban environments for ransacking trash cans, they’re one of the best urban-adapted animals in existence today and fill a necessary ecological niche around the world. See how well you know your local masked bandit with the trivia below!
9 Hidden Surprises at Backbone State Park

9 Hidden Surprises at Backbone State Park

  • 8/20/2015 9:23:00 AM
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Backbone is one of Iowa’s largest state parks, checking in at just more than 2,000 acres. Even if you’ve been to the park before, do you really know all the surprises it has to offer? To test your knowledge and find new destinations at the park, check out the featured facts and attractions below from park manager Mary Shea.
Greening Up Your Yard: What You Can Do

Greening Up Your Yard: What You Can Do

  • 8/4/2015 11:07:00 AM
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Climate change, greenhouse gases, carbon footprints, water quality— the problems are huge and the impact we can deliver seems minimal. But, you can do something simple—cut back on yardwork. Most people don’t think about the carbon footprint left by their lawns and lawn care. Green is green, right?
4 Dutch Oven Recipes Your Taste Buds Want You to Try

4 Dutch Oven Recipes Your Taste Buds Want You to Try

  • 7/30/2015 8:18:00 AM
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Dutch ovens are the quintessential piece of campfire cookery. Switch up the hot dog and burgers routine with these mouth-watering recipes - after you review the basics, of course.
4 Before-You–Go Tips for Kayak Camping (and 7 Destinations)

4 Before-You–Go Tips for Kayak Camping (and 7 Destinations)

  • 7/29/2015 8:30:00 AM
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Kayaking is a great way to explore the state and get some exercise, but if you intend to stay the night at a paddle-in only campsite, you have to pack thoughtfully. Check out the advice below, approved by DNR paddling expert and instructor Todd Robertson, to help you start camping comfortably with your kayak. And remember, always check water levels before you go.
Explore Guthrie County: A Sleeping Giant

Explore Guthrie County: A Sleeping Giant

  • 7/23/2015 10:27:00 AM
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Take a look east, it’s nothing but flat expanse of Iowa gold. Look west, he says, and you’ve got a whole different matter. On the other side of the road, the terrain is hilly and plump with trees—the kind of place people generally drive for hours to pitch their tents on.
Four Water Trails to Explore This Summer

Four Water Trails to Explore This Summer

  • 7/17/2015 7:01:00 AM
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If you’re looking to blaze a new trail this summer, consider hitting the water for something different. Iowa boasts a number of water trails, which offer a unique perspective on Iowa in summer.
Coralville Makes Green Strides for Water Quality

Coralville Makes Green Strides for Water Quality

  • 7/15/2015 9:03:00 AM
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Generally, Coralville Lake, just upstream from its namesake town, does its job as a flood control reservoir. But the lake was no match for the floods of 1993 and 2008, creating millions of dollars in damages for the eastern Iowa town.
21 Outdoor Experiences Every Iowa Kid Needs to Try

21 Outdoor Experiences Every Iowa Kid Needs to Try

  • 7/1/2015 5:24:00 AM
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From something as simple as chasing fireflies or hiking a trail to bigger adventures like camping and skiing, there are lots of ways to get kids outdoors in Iowa. Use this as a checklist through the rest of the year to guide your outdoor explorations! Be sure, too, to help your kids make a connection between the activity and protecting Iowa’s natural resources. For example, explain how clean water helps the fish when you’re angling. Talk about habitat when chasing butterflies or frogs. Creating these connections ...
7 Things To Do in Iowa's Outdoors This Week

7 Things To Do in Iowa's Outdoors This Week

  • 6/26/2015 4:21:00 AM
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If you’re looking for some new or different ideas to explore Iowa’s outdoors, we have a suggestion for each day of the holiday week:
Wildlife Rehabbers: What it Takes

Wildlife Rehabbers: What it Takes

  • 6/19/2015 11:07:00 AM
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A summer storm. A crack of lightning. A thick tree limb crashes to the ground. From a cavity, once 20 feet above ground, high pitched “chirring” and scratching can be heard. A couple whiskered noses poke out, just ahead of the oh-so-familiar black masks. A litter of raccoons is displaced. Now what?
Paddle Up To These Secluded Campsites

Paddle Up To These Secluded Campsites

  • 6/19/2015 11:02:00 AM
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The self-reliant can take advantage of several remote paddle-in primitive campsites, get surrounded by nature and leave other humans behind. The locations make for a Boundary Waters-like experience in Iowa.
Go Afloat with the Corps of Discovery: Lewis and Clark State Park

Go Afloat with the Corps of Discovery: Lewis and Clark State Park

  • 6/10/2015 9:51:00 AM
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“Cast away! Cast away!” With that resounding command, bellowed stem to stern o’er land and water, the stunning 55-foot reproduction of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Missouri-wending keelboat, Discovery, gingerly takes leave of the shores at which the explorers’ expedition arrived on Aug. 10, 1804.
7 Iowa Fish With Open State Records: How to Catch a Record Fish

7 Iowa Fish With Open State Records: How to Catch a Record Fish

  • 6/9/2015 10:51:00 AM
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Put your name as the first entry in the history books by catching one of these seven fish species we added to the eligible State Record Fish species list in 2013. With no records for these fish currently,you can be the first to set the record! Try these tips to help you catch a record fish.
A Walk on the Wild Side: Preparation Canyon and Iowa's Loess Hills

A Walk on the Wild Side: Preparation Canyon and Iowa's Loess Hills

  • 6/3/2015 4:34:00 AM
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Visiting western Iowa’s razor-ridged Loess Hills on a hot, breezy summer afternoon that eventually succumbs to the ruling grandeur of a moonlit night is surely as intense an experience today as it was for renowned naturalist and University of Iowa professor Bohumil Shimek as he describes it in a section of the 1909 Iowa Geological Survey Annual Report.
Why We Camp

Why We Camp

  • 5/22/2015 9:11:00 AM
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Struggling to set up his fold-down camper, my brother-in-law asks, “Tell me again why we do this?”
Prepping Your Boat for Summer: Four Tips

Prepping Your Boat for Summer: Four Tips

  • 5/15/2015 10:03:00 AM
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As many Iowa boaters get ready to take to the water for the first time this year this coming weekend, be sure to brush up on these basic boating safety and maintenance tips.
7 Things To Do in Iowa's Outdoors This Week

7 Things To Do in Iowa's Outdoors This Week

  • 5/15/2015 10:01:00 AM
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While the cool weather forecasted for this week doesn’t seem to herald in the unofficial start of summer, it’s still a great time to get outside. If you’re looking for some new or different ideas to explore Iowa’s outdoors, we have a suggestion for each day of the holiday week:
Tutorial: Learn How to Compost at Home

Tutorial: Learn How to Compost at Home

  • 5/13/2015 5:54:00 AM
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Yard waste is the second major waste generated in cities and towns – and since it’s illegal to place yard waste in the trash in Iowa, it needs to be composted. While you can send off yard waste for municipal composting, it’s also easy to do in your own backyard, saving you money and helping your yard and garden. Use this tutorial from DNR staffer Karen Grimes to start your own compost heap at home.
7 Native, Easy to Care For Plants for Your Yard

7 Native, Easy to Care For Plants for Your Yard

  • 5/12/2015 11:15:00 AM
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Natives are resilient and pest resistant, take less watering and care, and will reward you with an April through October blooming season. With some 250 native prairie plants (translate prairie as “sun-loving”) to choose from, which plants are the must-haves for the average garden?
8 Surprising Memorial Day Camping Getaways

8 Surprising Memorial Day Camping Getaways

  • 5/1/2015 10:22:00 AM
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Not all hope is lost when it comes to finding a place to camp this Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25. For those who like a little more quiet, don’t mind more primitive camping or are willing to take a chance on a first-come, first-served or “walk-in” campsite, here are some nice possibilities. Try kicking off the summer season with one of these lesser-known state parks:
14 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

14 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

  • 5/1/2015 8:28:00 AM
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Paper, sure. Plastic, cardboard, of course. But before you toss those old shingles or paint, or dump a box of Styrofoam packing peanuts in the trash, you’ll want to look up where you can recycle them.
Five Awesome Outdoorsy Spring Recipes

Five Awesome Outdoorsy Spring Recipes

  • 5/1/2015 5:34:00 AM
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Set the table, because spring in Iowa is a great time to fill the frying pan and warm up the grill for the best of Iowa's outdoors, from crappie and turkey to morels and wild asparagus.
Eight Historical CCC Parks in Iowa

Eight Historical CCC Parks in Iowa

  • 3/31/2015 11:26:00 AM
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From the iconic boathouse at Backbone, to the spillway at Beeds Lake, to the varied and beautiful stone lodges and shelters within so many of our parks, we owe a debt of gratitude to the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Celebrate the CCC’s anniversary, March 31, by learning about these stand-out examples of CCC projects in Iowa.
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