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Spring fishing in full swing across Iowa

Spring fishing in full swing across Iowa

  • 5/21/2019 1:05:00 PM
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Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Spring panfish fishing is a great time to introduce beginners of all ages to fishing. Catching panfish is easy and fun.
Media availability ahead of busy Memorial Day weekend

Media availability ahead of busy Memorial Day weekend

  • 5/21/2019 1:04:00 PM
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JOHNSTON, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department and Polk County Health Department will be available on Wednesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. at the Lakeview Boat Ramp, located off NW Beaver Drive to provide water safety tips for Iowans heading into the Memorial Day weekend.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 5/16/2019 11:58:00 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. The following list summarizes recent enforcement actions.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 5/16/2019 11:56:00 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.
Morel hunting: paper. plastic or mesh?

Morel hunting: paper. plastic or mesh?

  • 5/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
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Seasoned morel mushroom hunters often advise novices to skip plastic and pack mesh bags when collecting Iowa’s spring delectable gift. They claim mesh bags allow morel spores to float to the timber floor to produce more of the golden treasures.
Help stop aquatic hitchhikers

Help stop aquatic hitchhikers

  • 5/15/2019 10:20:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds all boaters and anglers to “Clean, Drain, and Dry” their boats and equipment this Memorial Day weekend to protect Iowa lakes and rivers from aquatic hitchhikers.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 5/9/2019 2:52:00 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.
Water Summary update

Water Summary update

  • 5/9/2019 2:44:00 PM
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DES MOINES – While most stream flows continue to drop and April had below-average rainfall, the past 12 months set records for the wettest May to April period in Iowa’s history. Surrounding states have also experienced record wet years.
Is it okay to look in a bird's nest?

Is it okay to look in a bird's nest?

  • 5/8/2019 12:46:00 PM
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This time of year is very busy outdoors. Birds are in the process of building and rebuilding nests, sitting on eggs or taking care of their young. Not all birds nest at the same time. Some start as early as mid-February, such as great horned owls. And some as late as August, such as the American goldfinch.
6 hidden surprises at Dolliver Memorial State Park

6 hidden surprises at Dolliver Memorial State Park

  • 5/8/2019 9:53:00 AM
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Located along the Des Moines River just south of Fort Dodge, Dolliver Memorial State Park is packed with hidden gems and unique natural history. With the help of park manager Kevin Henning, here’s six surprising facts about Dolliver worth knowing before visiting.
DNR investigates Taylor County manure spill

DNR investigates Taylor County manure spill

  • 5/7/2019 3:44:00 PM
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LENOX – During a routine inspection Tuesday morning, DNR inspectors noted a manure spill approximately three miles southwest of Lenox.
Iowa DNR has another successful netting season for walleye

Iowa DNR has another successful netting season for walleye

  • 5/7/2019 2:36:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) spring fish spawning season is over and Iowa’s two walleye hatcheries are filled to capacity. Netting crews collected enough walleye to produce 1,082 quarts of walleye eggs at the Spirit Lake hatchery and 963 quarts at the Rathbun hatchery.
Dudgeon Lake wildlife area remains popular despite 2011 storm

Dudgeon Lake wildlife area remains popular despite 2011 storm

  • 5/7/2019 2:34:00 PM
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It’s been nearly eight years since the Derecho blew through Benton County, but the impact of that storm on Dudgeon Lake Wildlife Area is still easily visible off Hwy. 150. The popular 1,800-acre public area on the north edge of Vinton was in the path of the powerful storm packing 110-130 mile per hour winds, knocking down buildings, powerlines and trees on July 11, 2011.
FY 2020 IUPs Ready for Public Review

FY 2020 IUPs Ready for Public Review

  • 5/6/2019 10:19:00 AM
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The Fiscal Year 2020 Intended Use Plans (IUPs) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) are now available for public review and comment.
Natural Resource Commission to meet May 9 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet May 9 in Des Moines

  • 5/6/2019 8:26:00 AM
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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., May 9, in the third floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Asbestos regulations streamlined in flooded areas

Asbestos regulations streamlined in flooded areas

  • 5/2/2019 11:23:00 AM
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DES MOINES -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is providing flexibility on some asbestos requirements while still protecting public health in flood damaged areas. Working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the DNR is reducing some asbestos reporting deadlines and providing options for asbestos inspections for renovation projects.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 5/2/2019 11:22:00 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

  • 5/2/2019 11:21:00 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.
SRF to Increase Final Disbursement Withholding in State Fiscal Year 2020

SRF to Increase Final Disbursement Withholding in State Fiscal Year 2020

  • 4/30/2019 12:54:00 PM
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The amount withheld until receipt of final documentation on State Revolving Fund (SRF) construction loans will change in the next state fiscal year (SFY). Currently all projects, regardless of the loan amount, are subject to a $5,000 withholding per loan. Beginning in SFY 2020, all loans executed on or after July 1, 2019 will fall under the new withholding structure. 
Leave wildlife babies where they belong --- In the wild

Leave wildlife babies where they belong --- In the wild

  • 4/30/2019 11:44:00 AM
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It's as predictable as May flowers - from border to border, the Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa. From now until at least mid-June, DNR field offices across the state will be inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries regarding "orphaned wildlife."
Celebrate clean air and get outside

Celebrate clean air and get outside

  • 4/29/2019 12:43:00 PM
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Run. Hike or bike. Hunt for mushrooms. Photograph wildflowers. As temperatures warm and people head outdoors, they can usually count on good air quality. Iowans especially have something to celebrate. Over the last 25 years, Iowa industries have significantly reduced six major air pollutants while growing our economy.
City of Pleasantville ribbon cutting to be held at Shadle Park on Wednesday, May 1

City of Pleasantville ribbon cutting to be held at Shadle Park on Wednesday, May 1

  • 4/29/2019 12:38:00 PM
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PLEASANTVILLE, Iowa -- The City of Pleasantville, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, invites the public to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at Shadle Park on May 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will celebrate the completion of Pleasantville’s State Revolving Fund Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Project, in conjunction with Soil and Water Conservation Week.  
Manure release from Clinton County dairy

Manure release from Clinton County dairy

  • 4/26/2019 12:45:00 PM
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CHARLOTTE – Late Wednesday, DNR investigated a complaint about manure overflowing north of Charlotte, about 15 miles northwest of Clinton.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 4/25/2019 3:22:00 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. The following list summarizes recent enforcement actions.
April 21-27 is National Laboratory Week

April 21-27 is National Laboratory Week

  • 4/25/2019 3:21:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Environmental laboratories play an important part in protecting our public health and the environment.
State Preserves Advisory Board meets May 2

State Preserves Advisory Board meets May 2

  • 4/23/2019 3:24:00 PM
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The State Preserves Advisory Board of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at noon, May 2, in the fourth floor east conference room in the Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Public meeting to discuss Windmill Lake fish renovation this fall

Public meeting to discuss Windmill Lake fish renovation this fall

  • 4/23/2019 3:20:00 PM
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Bedford, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Taylor County Conservation Board will host a public meeting at 4 p.m., May 8, at the at the Bedford Fire Station, 702 Dodge Street, in Bedford, to discuss the proposed fish renovation of Windmill Lake near New Market in Taylor County.
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