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Ice Fishing Clinics Scheduled

Ice Fishing Clinics Scheduled

  • 1/5/2016 9:31:00 AM
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Free ice fishing clinics are scheduled around Iowa, depending upon favorable ice conditions.
Ice Safety Reminder as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over

Ice Safety Reminder as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over

  • 1/5/2016 9:30:00 AM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa and sending anglers scrambling to prepare their equipment so they can be out for the coveted early ice fishing of the season.
Winter Paddling Provides Thrills

Winter Paddling Provides Thrills

  • 1/5/2016 9:29:00 AM
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Iowa paddlers and other water recreationists have been treated to above average temperatures and open water since November. While ice anglers have been grumbling, some paddlers have taken enjoyed the extended paddling season the mild winter has brought. Most rivers are ice free and running high from the December rains.
Iowa's First Day Hikes a Success

Iowa's First Day Hikes a Success

  • 1/5/2016 9:28:00 AM
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Des Moines – Iowa’s Fifth Annual First Day Hikes were a great success according to DNR staff reports. More than 600 people began 2016 with a hike in an Iowa state park, logging more than 1,100 total miles on New Year’s Day.
Are There Winter Tornadoes in Iowa?

Are There Winter Tornadoes in Iowa?

  • 1/5/2016 8:00:00 AM
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Because tornadoes usually require warm, humid air to form, it’s not surprising winter tornadoes are rare in Iowa. But they can happen, and occur more frequently in the southern states during winter versus the Upper Midwest.
Manure Overflow Investigated in Taylor County

Manure Overflow Investigated in Taylor County

  • 12/31/2015 5:15:00 PM
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LENOX – A manure overflow at a small hog finishing farm about three miles southwest of Lenox was being investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Thursday evening.
11 Great Winter Cabin Getaways in Iowa State Parks

11 Great Winter Cabin Getaways in Iowa State Parks

  • 12/30/2015 8:26:00 AM
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The quiet solitude that makes a perfect winter getaway is waiting for you in beautiful, comfortable year-round cabins at several Iowa state parks. It’s a great time to take advantage of hiking trails (many allow cross-country skiing and snowmobiling), wildlife watching (deer and birds galore), fishing and more.
6 Ways to Start Off the New Year Outdoors

6 Ways to Start Off the New Year Outdoors

  • 12/29/2015 9:37:00 AM
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What better way to celebrate the new year than by getting outdoors? Here are a few ideas to get your year off to a good start!
Remaining Hunting Seasons Starting to Close

Remaining Hunting Seasons Starting to Close

  • 12/29/2015 6:54:00 AM
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Iowa’s pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and archery fall turkey seasons close on Jan. 10. Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and grouse remain open until Jan. 31.
2015 Hunting, Fishing Licenses Expire Jan 10

2015 Hunting, Fishing Licenses Expire Jan 10

  • 12/29/2015 6:48:00 AM
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All 2015 Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10, 2016. All hunters and anglers will need a 2016 license to hunt or fish beginning Jan. 11.
Winter Trout Stocking Begins Jan 9

Winter Trout Stocking Begins Jan 9

  • 12/29/2015 6:47:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months.
Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Open Through Jan 10, 2016

Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Open Through Jan 10, 2016

  • 12/22/2015 5:23:00 AM
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The final stretch for hunters to pursue Iowa’s world class deer began Monday with the start of the late muzzleloader season and the re-opening of the popular archery season. Both seasons close Jan. 10.
2016 Bald Eagle Watch Events

2016 Bald Eagle Watch Events

  • 12/22/2015 5:21:00 AM
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The schedule of 2016 Bald Eagle Watch Events have been published. Plan a visit to one of the following locations for live viewing, exhibits, programs and more.
Manure Applicator Training Begins January 5

Manure Applicator Training Begins January 5

  • 12/17/2015 5:49:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Iowa manure applicators, confinement and commercial, should plan now to complete training to renew their certificates by March 1.
Air Quality Fees Adopted by the Environmental Protection Commission

Air Quality Fees Adopted by the Environmental Protection Commission

  • 12/16/2015 9:40:00 AM
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The Environmental Protection Commission adopted rules and a fee schedule for asbestos notification fees and application fees for construction and operating permits during the December 15 meeting. The rules were adopted and filed emergency after notice, meaning that they will become effective today. The new fees included on the fee schedule will become effective on January 15, 2016.
Diesel Fuel Spill Reaches Creek Near Storm Lake

Diesel Fuel Spill Reaches Creek Near Storm Lake

  • 12/15/2015 10:30:00 AM
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STORM LAKE – An unknown amount of diesel fuel spilled from the One Stop Shop in Storm Lake and has reached Poor Farm Creek, a tributary of the Raccoon River.
Waterfowl Refuges Begin Opening to Other Hunting

Waterfowl Refuges Begin Opening to Other Hunting

  • 12/15/2015 7:28:00 AM
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As the Iowa waterfowl seasons began closing, Iowa’s waterfowl refuges will begin opening allowing hunters access to hunt non waterfowl species with a current open season, and trapping. The main purpose of the waterfowl refuge is to provide a safe resting and feeding area for waterfowl.
New e-Reporting System – It’s here. It’s easy. It’s intuitive. It’s SLEIS

New e-Reporting System – It’s here. It’s easy. It’s intuitive. It’s SLEIS

  • 12/14/2015 10:26:00 AM
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The DNR is excited to offer a new online emissions inventory reporting tool called the State & Local Emissions Inventory System (SLEIS). The new web-based system has been pre-populated with four years of emissions data from SPARS (2011 – 2014), allowing for simpler and streamlined reporting.
12 Tips for Better Wildlife Photography

12 Tips for Better Wildlife Photography

  • 12/11/2015 9:34:00 AM
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Anyone can take a picture of an animal, but it takes skill to get a good one. Whether you’ve got a secondhand point-and-shoot camera or a top-of-the-line DSLR, remember these tips to help you get your best wildlife shots this season.
Updated Permit Template Available for Comment

Updated Permit Template Available for Comment

  • 12/11/2015 7:24:00 AM
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The Air Quality Construction Permit Section is proposing to update its construction permit template. The template is the basis for the final construction permits issued by the Air Quality Bureau. These updates are aimed at providing clarity in permit requirements and at the same time providing a permit that is shorter in length.
New Construction Permit Option and Informational Meeting

New Construction Permit Option and Informational Meeting

  • 12/11/2015 6:46:00 AM
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The DNR is proposing to create a new air quality construction permit option called a Collection of Air Permits (CAP). The CAP permit will allow multiple emission points and permits to be combined into one document. The CAP permit option was developed based on recommendations from our recent dual LEAN events that included both permit applicants and DNR staff.
DNR Asks for Anglers' Help with Study on Mudpuppies

DNR Asks for Anglers' Help with Study on Mudpuppies

  • 12/10/2015 9:04:00 AM
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At first glance, it’s hard to know what to make of this creature. A head like a dragon, gills on the outside of a fish-like body… what is this thing? The mysterious mudpuppy is the largest member of the salamander family in Iowa. It’s mostly nocturnal, never leaves the water and unlike almost every other reptile or amphibian in Iowa, this one is actually active in winter.
Air Quality Adjustments to Environmental Commission Agenda

Air Quality Adjustments to Environmental Commission Agenda

  • 12/10/2015 8:54:00 AM
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WINDSOR HEIGHTS – The agenda for the Dec. 15 Environmental Protection Commission meeting has been amended by adding fee proposals for air quality services and postponing a proposed referral on asbestos violations to a future meeting.
Winter Manure Application Rules Kick in Monday Dec 21

Winter Manure Application Rules Kick in Monday Dec 21

  • 12/10/2015 8:50:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Early snowfall in much of northern Iowa may affect animal producers with confinement (totally roofed) facilities when limits on applying liquid manure on snow-covered ground start Dec. 21.
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