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Natural Resource Commission to meet Oct. 10 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Oct. 10 in Des Moines

  • 10/7/2019 9:47:00 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., Oct. 10, in the Wallace State Office Building Conference Room 2 North, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Neal Smith Trail closed at the I-35/80 bridge over the Des Moines River

Neal Smith Trail closed at the I-35/80 bridge over the Des Moines River

  • 9/10/2019 1:28:00 PM
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GRIMES, Iowa – Work to repair and widen the Interstate 35/80 bridge over the Des Moines River will detour trail users of the Neal Smith Trail for their safety on a signed detour until summer 2021, weather permitting, according to the Iowa DOT.
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.
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.
SLEIS training rescheduled for next week

SLEIS training rescheduled for next week

  • 1/30/2019 9:37:00 AM
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The SLEIS training sessions scheduled for tomorrow in Cedar Rapids have been rescheduled for next Wednesday. The same training sessions will be offered in Des Moines next Thursday.
DNR to eliminate common carp and gizzard shad at Easter Lake

DNR to eliminate common carp and gizzard shad at Easter Lake

  • 11/13/2018 1:01:00 PM
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Des Moines - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Polk County Conservation Board, City of Des Moines, Polk Soil & Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Division of Soil Conservation, and other partners started working in 2008 to improve habitat and water quality at Easter Lake on the southeast edge of Des Moines.
Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area opens for public use

Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area opens for public use

  • 8/24/2017 1:28:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The metro’s newest recreational area is open for outdoor enthusiasts. On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, along with the Des Moines Water Works, the City of West Des Moines and the Friends of Walnut Woods State Park held a grand opening of Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area located off Army Post Road, southwest of Walnut Woods State Park.
DNR checking runoff from fire in Des Moines

DNR checking runoff from fire in Des Moines

  • 7/11/2017 7:23:00 AM
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DES MOINES – DNR environmental specialists checked dark, soot-smelling runoff in Walfley Creek near the Firestone plant on Second Avenue late Sunday and again this morning.
Sulfur Dioxide Data Requirements Rule Report Available for Public Review and Comment

Sulfur Dioxide Data Requirements Rule Report Available for Public Review and Comment

  • 5/16/2017 7:48:00 AM
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The DNR is documenting significant reductions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions in Des Moines and Wapello Counties in the first annual report required by the federal SO2 Data Requirements Rule (DRR).  The DRR requires an annual assessment of recent SO2 emissions in any area designated attainment based on air quality modeling of actual emissions.  
Peregrine falcons building on nesting successes

Peregrine falcons building on nesting successes

  • 5/9/2017 2:01:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Peregrine falcons have increased their presence in Iowa, with peregrine partners and volunteers now reporting 20 peregrine falcon territories in the state.
Fishing license check nets fugitive

Fishing license check nets fugitive

  • 4/14/2017 1:26:00 PM
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FORT DODGE - David Scott Dayton, 30, of Fort Dodge, was booked into Webster County Jail Thursday after assaulting State Conservation Officer Bill Spece who was checking fishing licenses at the little dam in Fort Dodge.
2017 DNR sale set for April 22

2017 DNR sale set for April 22

  • 3/28/2017 11:02:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The Iowa DNR will hold the 2017 spring auction on April 22, at Pioneer Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines.  Doors will open at 7 a.m., and the auction will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Wastewater discharge ended in West Des Moines

Wastewater discharge ended in West Des Moines

  • 2/23/2017 11:49:00 AM
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WEST DES MOINES –The city of West Des Moines discovered untreated wastewater bubbling up from a manhole on the south side of the road in the 5400 block of University Avenue about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.  
Small wastewater discharge ended in Lehigh

Small wastewater discharge ended in Lehigh

  • 12/29/2016 5:45:00 PM
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LEHIGH – Responding to a complaint received by DNR, city officials in Lehigh found a valve on the wastewater lagoon was open on Dec. 28.
Diesel fuel contained after truck accident near Des Moines

Diesel fuel contained after truck accident near Des Moines

  • 11/8/2016 8:29:00 AM
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JOHNSTON – The DNR investigated a leak from a semi-truck after it went off the road into Beaver Creek late Monday morning at the intersection of the I-80 west-bound exit ramp and Merle Hay Road in Johnston.
Boaters Cautioned to Avoid Dredge Pipe on Des Moines River

Boaters Cautioned to Avoid Dredge Pipe on Des Moines River

  • 9/13/2016 11:58:00 AM
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Boaters using the Des Moines River below the wastewater treatment plant on the southeast side of Des Moines should be aware that due to lower flows coming out of Saylorville Reservoir, two dredge pipes running from a nearby rock quarry to Easter Lake are near the water’s surface.
Wastewater discharge diverted in West Des Moines

Wastewater discharge diverted in West Des Moines

  • 8/18/2016 12:05:00 PM
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WEST DES MOINES – City officials are capturing and diverting wastewater from a sewer pipe discharge near Jordan Creek and Jordan Creek Parkway in West Des Moines. The creek runs along the north side of E. P. True Parkway before entering Southwoods Park.
DNR investigating fish kill near in Des Moines County

DNR investigating fish kill near in Des Moines County

  • 8/4/2016 3:58:00 PM
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YARMOUTH – A fish kill near the headwaters of Big Creek about a mile west of Yarmouth in Des Moines County resulted in less than a quarter of a mile of stream being impacted.
Lower Des Moines River Expedition Set to Launch in July

Lower Des Moines River Expedition Set to Launch in July

  • 6/9/2016 12:16:00 PM
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KEOSAUQUA – Volunteers will have an opportunity this summer to spend their vacations cleaning up, learning about and exploring 53 miles of the lower Des Moines River between Eldon and Farmington, from July 11 to 15 with Project AWARE. Early registration ends June 17.
Top Urban Fishing Spots in Des Moines

Top Urban Fishing Spots in Des Moines

  • 5/18/2016 10:15:00 AM
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Sixty percent of anglers travel no more than 20 miles to fish. For those near Iowa’s largest metro, hit these local picks. (Stay tuned for top spots in more cities in future issues.)
Project AWARE Cleanup to Take On Lower Des Moines River

Project AWARE Cleanup to Take On Lower Des Moines River

  • 3/29/2016 6:37:00 AM
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KEOSAUQUA – Volunteers will have an opportunity this summer to spend their vacations cleaning up, learning about and exploring 53 miles of the Lower Des Moines River between Eldon and Farmington from July 11 to 15.
Project AWARE Cleanup to Take on Lower Des Moines River

Project AWARE Cleanup to Take on Lower Des Moines River

  • 3/24/2016 6:11:00 AM
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KEOSAUQUA – Volunteers will have an opportunity this summer to spend their vacations cleaning up, learning about and exploring 53 miles of the Lower Des Moines River between Eldon and Farmington from July 11 to 15.
Edible Outdoors Coming to Des Moines Social Club March 24

Edible Outdoors Coming to Des Moines Social Club March 24

  • 3/10/2016 7:45:00 AM
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DES MOINES - A new venture in the metro is connecting adults with Polk County’s natural resources where they learn to forage, hunt and fish. Edible Outdoors Des Moines is kicking off on March 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Des Moines Social Club for anyone interested in learning more about the program. Join us and try your hand at fly tying, build a seed ball to attract pollinators to your neighborhood, and create a beeswax candle all while enjoying delicious wild game hors d’oeuvres.
Des Moines to Host Two Bald Eagle Events

Des Moines to Host Two Bald Eagle Events

  • 2/9/2016 6:24:00 AM
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Two events this week will help Iowans to better acquaint themselves with bald eagles. Both events are free and open to the public.
Four Water Trails to Explore This Summer

Four Water Trails to Explore This Summer

  • 7/17/2015 6:01:00 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.
Paddle Up To These Secluded Campsites

Paddle Up To These Secluded Campsites

  • 6/19/2015 10:02:00 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.
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 9:51:00 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.
Five water trails to explore this fall

Five water trails to explore this fall

  • 9/4/2014 9:11:00 AM
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If you’re looking to blaze a new trail this fall, consider hitting the water for something different. Iowa boasts a number of water trails, which offer a unique perspective on Iowa in autumn, from changing fall colors to wildlife.