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Operation Dry Water 2020 nets 11 arrests

Operation Dry Water 2020 nets 11 arrests

  • 7/21/2020 12:46:00 PM
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Operation Dry Water took place July 3-5, 2020 and focused eliminating boating under the influence (BUI). This year, in Iowa, 140 officers spent over 2,500 hours making contact with over 6,400 boaters on Iowa waterways.
Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

  • 7/21/2020 12:42:00 PM
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The positive impact Iowa’s mild winter and reasonably dry spring has had on pheasant nesting success will likely be seen when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts its annual roadside pheasant counts between Aug. 1-15.
Simply put, Cayler Prairie has it all

Simply put, Cayler Prairie has it all

  • 7/21/2020 12:34:00 PM
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Standing on a vista overlooking the expansive Cayler Prairie, it’s easy to imagine bison - the icon of the open prairie - at home on this historic area. 
Rulemaking on EPC agenda for next week

Rulemaking on EPC agenda for next week

  • 7/16/2020 12:10:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Two contracts and three proposals for rulemaking are up for the Environmental Protection Commission’s July 21 meeting.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 7/16/2020 12:08:00 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.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 7/16/2020 12:07:00 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’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
8 steps to building a better campfire

8 steps to building a better campfire

  • 7/15/2020 11:12:00 AM
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Camping isn’t complete without the fire, but getting it started doesn’t have to be a tricky process. Here are some tips to build a successful fire: 
Hooking summer catfish

Hooking summer catfish

  • 7/14/2020 12:36:00 PM
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Fishing for catfish is a summer tradition for many Iowa families. You can always count on channel catfish when the bite slows down for other fish in the heat of Iowa summers.
Check Iowa’s latest report on your public drinking water

Check Iowa’s latest report on your public drinking water

  • 7/9/2020 1:42:00 PM
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DES MOINES—Just released, DNR published the annual report on the public drinking water program, compiling a list of how well Iowa’s public water supplies comply with state and federal regulations. The federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires DNR to collect data and report any violations of health-based standards, and major monitoring or reporting requirements that occurred in the previous year.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 7/9/2020 1:35:00 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’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
DNR to eliminate the remaining fish population at Hickory Grove Lake

DNR to eliminate the remaining fish population at Hickory Grove Lake

  • 7/7/2020 3:47:00 PM
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COLO - Story County Conservation (SCC) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are partnering to renovate the remaining fishery in Hickory Grove Lake. The DNR will treat Hickory Grove Lake later this summer (pending workable weather conditions) with rotenone, a botanical pesticide, to eliminate the remaining fish population.
Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Report Shows Record Conservation Engagement by Iowans

Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Report Shows Record Conservation Engagement by Iowans

  • 7/2/2020 3:40:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa (July 1, 2020) – The 2018-2019 Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) annual report was released today by Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The findings reveal increased farmer, landowner and community engagement, use of conservation practices, and funding invested in soil health and water quality projects.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 7/2/2020 12:04:00 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.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 7/2/2020 12:03:00 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’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
DNR, IDPH and Polk County Health partner to share tips for safe Fourth of July holiday weekend

DNR, IDPH and Polk County Health partner to share tips for safe Fourth of July holiday weekend

  • 7/1/2020 12:26:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa – As the Fourth of July holiday weekend quickly approaches the forecast predicts very warm weather which will draw thousands of people to state parks, beaches, lakes and rivers. The DNR along with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Polk County Health Department are partnering to share some safety tips to help keep you safe this holiday weekend.
Air Toxics Update: Combustion Turbines and Engine Test Cells

Air Toxics Update: Combustion Turbines and Engine Test Cells

  • 6/30/2020 2:58:00 PM
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EPA recently updated several federal regulations for hazardous air pollutants (also known as HAP or air toxics). EPA’s actions address the Risk and Technology Review (RTR) required under the U.S. Clean Air Act.
Help stop aquatic hitchhikers this Fourth of July

Help stop aquatic hitchhikers this Fourth of July

  • 6/30/2020 2:43:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages all boaters and anglers to check for unwanted hitchhikers on their boats and equipment this Fourth of July to help protect Iowa lakes and streams.
A quiet wild place

A quiet wild place

  • 6/30/2020 2:42:00 PM
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Mt. Sterling, Iowa - The Fox River Wildlife Area is about as far off the beaten path as person can get without getting totally lost. The public hunting area in southern Van Buren County is on the way to nowhere and except for some nonresidents who show up each deer season, it doesn’t get too many visitors.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources to install fish barrier at Brushy Creek Lake spillway

Iowa Department of Natural Resources to install fish barrier at Brushy Creek Lake spillway

  • 6/30/2020 2:37:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will install a physical fish barrier on the Brushy Creek Lake spillway this summer to reduce walleye and muskellunge loss during flood events. The lake will be lowered approximately 4 feet for the next two months to allow for construction. The West ramp will still be usable, even after the lake level has been lowered. 
Counting turkeys

Counting turkeys

  • 6/30/2020 2:32:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for help with its annual turkey population estimates in July and August. 
Are you loving Iowa state parks? 6 ways to show you care when you visit

Are you loving Iowa state parks? 6 ways to show you care when you visit

  • 6/30/2020 2:17:00 PM
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This summer, Iowans are flocking to state parks in record numbers and enjoying their outdoor amenities and natural spaces. With extra visitors, state parks need more help to stay beautiful, ensure people are safe, and take care of natural resources. Here’s 6 easy ways you can help care for Iowa state parks when you visit:
New plan developed to stop ongoing fish kill in Dubuque

New plan developed to stop ongoing fish kill in Dubuque

  • 6/25/2020 1:15:00 PM
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DUBUQUE—Wednesday afternoon, DNR fisheries staff found freshly killed fish at the site of a fertilizer spill in Dubuque, indicating there is ongoing pollution going into Bee Branch pond. 
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 6/25/2020 1:12:00 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.
Heavy rainfall closes George Wyth State Park

Heavy rainfall closes George Wyth State Park

  • 6/25/2020 9:00:00 AM
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WATERLOO, Iowa – Heavy rainfall the past several days has caused flooding issues forcing the closure of George Wyth State Park in Black Hawk County.
Wastewater released in Council Bluffs

Wastewater released in Council Bluffs

  • 6/23/2020 4:49:00 PM
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COUNCIL BLUFFS—The city of Council Bluffs requested permission to release untreated wastewater to the Missouri River after discovering problems with a sewer line this morning.
Meet Phyllis Kimball, a Monarch Champion

Meet Phyllis Kimball, a Monarch Champion

  • 6/22/2020 2:33:00 PM
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Phyllis Kimball, of Creston, enrolled 160 acres in CRP pollinator mix in Ringgold County. Kimball had been away from the farm for more than two decades but returned to manage the day to day operations after an agreement with a local farmer was voided. What she found upon returning was failing terraces and trees that had taken over the valley. She stopped on the gravel road and cried at seeing what had happened to her land.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 6/18/2020 12:04:00 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.
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