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History, habitat and location collide to make Waterman Prairie a true Iowa treasure

History, habitat and location collide to make Waterman Prairie a true Iowa treasure

  • 8/13/2019 3:02:00 PM
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Sutherland, Iowa - The area that has become Waterman Prairie has been important for people and wildlife for more than 1,000 years. It’s an area that native tribes called home and where Inkpaduta, Wahpekute Dakota Indian chief of the Spirit Lake massacre and Little Big Horn fame, hid from the military on his way west.
6 cool things you should know about snapping turtles

6 cool things you should know about snapping turtles

  • 8/8/2019 2:20:00 PM
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Snapping turtles are Iowa’s largest turtle species, but they’re so much more than their tough demeanor. Here are some things you should know about these awesome reptiles: 
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 8/8/2019 10:58:00 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

  • 8/8/2019 10:56:00 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 the air where we live. DNR’s permitting staff review the applications to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality standards. The public has the right and is encouraged to comment on draft permits.
Visit the DNR at the 2019 Iowa State Fair!

Visit the DNR at the 2019 Iowa State Fair!

  • 8/7/2019 2:03:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa – Making your way to the 2019 Iowa State Fair? Be sure to stop by the DNR building on the west end of grand concourse of the fairgrounds, August 8 - 18, to learn everything conservation, recreation and environment.
Late summer underwater aquatic plant control for ponds

Late summer underwater aquatic plant control for ponds

  • 8/7/2019 10:36:00 AM
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A healthy pond needs aquatic plants, but too many can upset a fishing pond’s balance and become a nuisance. Many pond owners struggle with how to control the amount of aquatic plants, without completely removing all of them, so they can enjoy their pond.
Wildlife, prairie thrive on Schrader Wildlife Area

Wildlife, prairie thrive on Schrader Wildlife Area

  • 8/7/2019 10:32:00 AM
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Vail, Iowa - The Schrader Wildlife Area in Crawford County has been transformed from highly productive west central Iowa farmland into a highly productive prairie that has attracted a unique mix of wildlife, including being one of very few locations in Iowa that has bobwhite quail, pheasants and Hungarian partridge at one site.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Aug. 8 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Aug. 8 in Des Moines

  • 8/2/2019 1:20:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., Aug. 8, in Conference Room 2 North, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Floyd County fish kill investigated

Floyd County fish kill investigated

  • 8/1/2019 3:00:00 PM
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CHARLES CITY—DNR specialists investigated a fish kill on a tributary of Flood Creek about four miles west of Charles City Wednesday.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 8/1/2019 2:59:00 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

  • 8/1/2019 2:57:00 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 the air where we live. DNR’s permitting staff review the applications to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality standards. The public has the right and is encouraged to comment on draft permits.
FY 2020 Q2 IUP updates Ready for Public Review

FY 2020 Q2 IUP updates Ready for Public Review

  • 8/1/2019 9:36:00 AM
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The Fiscal Year 2020 Intended Use Plan (IUP) Second Quarter Update for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) are now available for public review and comment.
A Day in the Life of a Working Dog for Conservation

A Day in the Life of a Working Dog for Conservation

  • 7/30/2019 3:03:00 PM
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It has all the elements of a good science fiction novel—an invasive species that hides in darkness and tries to take over native species using deception and disguise. It has all the elements of a good superhero movie—superheroes that work under the light of the moon and a veil of fog using superpowers that go beyond human ability.
State Preserves Advisory Board meets August 7

State Preserves Advisory Board meets August 7

  • 7/30/2019 2:06:00 PM
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The State Preserves Advisory Board of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., August 7, at the Pony Creek Nature Center, 56235 Deacon Road, in Pacific Junction.
Paddlers urged to use caution on two popular river sections

Paddlers urged to use caution on two popular river sections

  • 7/30/2019 2:03:00 PM
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Paddlers need to use caution on the Raccoon River in Des Moines and Upper Iowa River in Winneshiek County. Two natural hazards on Iowa rivers are reminders that river users need to stay aware, wear life jackets, and make safe decisions on the water.
New law left out of Iowa hunting regulations

New law left out of Iowa hunting regulations

  • 7/29/2019 12:32:00 PM
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The printed version of the 2019-20 Iowa Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations unintentionally omitted the language from a new state law that allows hunters with a nonabulatory deer license to hunt during any open season until the license is filled, using the method of take allowed for that season.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 7/25/2019 1:52:00 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 the air where we live. DNR’s permitting staff review the applications to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality standards. The public has the right and is encouraged to comment on draft permits. DNR considers public comments before finalizing the permits. Submit comments in writing to the assigned permit writer before 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the public comme...
Fish kills illustrate stream vulnerability

Fish kills illustrate stream vulnerability

  • 7/25/2019 1:48:00 PM
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DES MOINES—Three fish kills reported to DNR in two days illustrate the importance of taking extra caution with chemicals and other pollutants when the weather is hot and dry.
DNR investigating fish kill on lower Walnut Creek

DNR investigating fish kill on lower Walnut Creek

  • 7/24/2019 9:45:00 AM
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DES MOINES -- The DNR is investigating a fish kill along a two-mile stretch of lower Walnut Creek after a citizen reported seeing dead fish yesterday. DNR field staff were onsite yesterday and continue to investigate.
August is National Shooting Sports Month

August is National Shooting Sports Month

  • 7/23/2019 11:52:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced its involvement in National Shooting Sports Month, in partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), by offering a series of classes teaching shooting and outdoor skills to individuals with little or no experience.
Counting turkeys

Counting turkeys

  • 7/23/2019 11:50:00 AM
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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. 
Outdoor groups sponsor open house for novice, lapsed hunters

Outdoor groups sponsor open house for novice, lapsed hunters

  • 7/23/2019 11:39:00 AM
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A coalition of outdoor organizations is hosting an open house showcasing opportunities to get involved with the outdoors through hunting, shooting sports and fishing. The event – Hunt Iowa Social – is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 19, at the Saylorville Fire Department, 211 NW 54th Avenue, in Des Moines.
Peak camping season extended at seven campgrounds

Peak camping season extended at seven campgrounds

  • 7/23/2019 11:38:00 AM
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DES MOINES — The Iowa DNR is extending its peak camping season to mid-October at seven campgrounds as an effort to improve park management at some of Iowa’s most popular camping destinations. 
Hooking summer catfish

Hooking summer catfish

  • 7/23/2019 11:36:00 AM
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Fishing for catfish is a summer tradition for many Iowa families. Invite someone new to come along this year to share the fun and memories.
Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

  • 7/23/2019 11:35:00 AM
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The extent of impact that a cold and snowy late winter and heavy rains and flooding in April and May had on pheasant nesting success will likely be seen when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts its annual pheasant counts.
Wastewater discharges in eastern Iowa

Wastewater discharges in eastern Iowa

  • 7/23/2019 6:43:00 AM
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DAVENPORT – Two ongoing wastewater discharges are occurring in eastern Iowa, both eventually flowing to the Mississippi River.
DNR Enforcement Actions

DNR Enforcement Actions

  • 7/18/2019 10:18:00 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. The following list summarizes recent enforcement actions.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 7/18/2019 10:17:00 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 the air where we live. DNR’s permitting staff review the applications to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality standards. The public has the right and is encouraged to comment on draft permits.
Discover Adventure Along Iowa’s Scenic Backpacking Trails

Discover Adventure Along Iowa’s Scenic Backpacking Trails

  • 7/16/2019 2:07:00 PM
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For those not in the know, it seems easy to dismiss Iowa simply as the tall corn state; however, those taking a closer look may be surprised to discover Iowa’s state forests offer ultra-quiet, serene and scenic backpacking campsites.
Iowa anglers fished 10.50 million days in 2018

Iowa anglers fished 10.50 million days in 2018

  • 7/16/2019 11:23:00 AM
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Iowa anglers fished 10.50 million days in 2018 according to a recent survey conducted by Responsive Management, compared to 8.30 million days in 2007.
Water Summary Update: June rainfall an inch below normal

Water Summary Update: June rainfall an inch below normal

  • 7/11/2019 12:42:00 PM
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DES MOINES — After higher amounts of rainfall in May, June rainfall in Iowa was 3.86 inches, or more than an inch below normal for the month, according to the latest Water Summary Update. June is typically the wettest month of the year in Iowa.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 7/11/2019 12:40:00 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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