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Iowa Launches ‘20 Artists, 20 Parks’ to Commemorate State Park Centennial

Iowa Launches ‘20 Artists, 20 Parks’ to Commemorate State Park Centennial

  • 4/19/2019 1:26:00 PM
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DES MOINES – In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks in 2020, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; and Iowa State University are bringing 20 artists to 20 state parks this summer.
Fertilizer spill near Shelby

Fertilizer spill near Shelby

  • 4/18/2019 12:53:00 PM
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SHELBY – A tanker carrying liquid fertilizer overturned one mile east of the Shelby exit on Interstate 80 Wednesday afternoon, causing an unknown amount of fertilizer to leak into a tributary of Silver Creek.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 4/18/2019 12:52:00 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 enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 4/18/2019 12:51:00 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.
Fishing regulations relaxed at Windmill Lake in Taylor County

Fishing regulations relaxed at Windmill Lake in Taylor County

  • 4/16/2019 3:03:00 PM
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NEW MARKET, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has relaxed the fishing regulations at Windmill Lake, near New Market, to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated this fall to eliminate common carp.
Southwest Iowa will be home to 14 new trumpeter swans on May 9 and 10

Southwest Iowa will be home to 14 new trumpeter swans on May 9 and 10

  • 4/16/2019 2:53:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release 14 trumpeter swans at three locations in southwest Iowa as part of the effort to create a self-sustaining population of swans south of Interstate 80. All releases will occur rain or shine.
Get ready for camping kickoff weekend, May 3-5

Get ready for camping kickoff weekend, May 3-5

  • 4/16/2019 2:52:00 PM
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DES MOINES ⎯ As Iowans eagerly anticipate warmer temperatures, state park staff are preparing for the start of the 2019 camping season. The first weekend of May marks the official launch of the summer camping season with Iowa State Parks’ annual Camping Kickoff celebration.
DNR investigating manure runoff in Carson

DNR investigating manure runoff in Carson

  • 4/16/2019 12:06:00 PM
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CARSON, Iowa -- On April 15, 2019, at approximately 6:00 pm, the Iowa DNR Field Office 4 staff was notified about a potential discharge occurring at Cyclone Cattle Open Cattle Feedlot in Carson, Iowa.
Opportunity to Submit Air Quality Client Contact Meeting Agenda Items

Opportunity to Submit Air Quality Client Contact Meeting Agenda Items

  • 4/15/2019 8:08:00 AM
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The Air Quality Bureau is accepting agenda topics for the next Air Quality Client Contact Meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in DNR Conference Room 2N in the Wallace State Office Building, located at 502 E. 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50319. A conference call option will also be available.
Air quality permits under review

Air quality permits under review

  • 4/11/2019 3:55:00 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.
Annual spring wildlife survey underway

Annual spring wildlife survey underway

  • 4/9/2019 12:07:00 PM
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Ordinarily, a slow moving vehicle at night in the Iowa countryside spotlighting deer, raccoons or coyotes would send Iowans to their phone, speed-dialing their local conservation officer, but in this case, it may be the officer doing the shining.
Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

  • 4/9/2019 12:06:00 PM
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Hunter Education Classroom courses are offered by knowledgeable and certified volunteer instructors and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers. Classroom courses are typically 12-15 hours in length and are held over 2 to 3 sessions (days). In order to receive certification, a student must attend all sessions and pass the final exam.
Fish hatcheries busy netting walleye

Fish hatcheries busy netting walleye

  • 4/9/2019 12:05:00 PM
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Moravia – The late night, annual walleye collection started April 6 at Rathbun Lake and April 7 at Storm Lake. Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau have been setting gillnets at night looking for walleyes ready to spawn.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 4/5/2019 8:05:00 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

  • 4/5/2019 8:04:00 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
Water Summary Update: Rapid runoff led to historic flooding in March

Water Summary Update: Rapid runoff led to historic flooding in March

  • 4/5/2019 8:00:00 AM
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DES MOINES — Although statewide precipitation was slightly below average in March, a combination of high precipitation in Nebraska, snowmelt and rapid runoff led to historic flooding along the Missouri River, according to the latest Water Summary Update.
Prairie Chicken Restoration Efforts in Iowa

Prairie Chicken Restoration Efforts in Iowa

  • 4/2/2019 2:03:00 PM
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Greater Prairie Chickens (Tympancichus cupido pinnatus) commonly nested in Iowa until about 1900. In the 1880s prairie chickens were the most abundant gamebird on Iowa’s prairies.
2019 DNR sale set for May 4

2019 DNR sale set for May 4

  • 4/2/2019 1:00:00 PM
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DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold the 2019 spring auction on May 4, at the Elwell Family Food Center 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.
Ice-out channel catfish are biting

Ice-out channel catfish are biting

  • 4/2/2019 12:58:00 PM
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Channel catfish move close to shore and are eager to bite in many lakes and the large reservoirs across Iowa just after the ice is gone. The bite starts sooner in the southern Iowa impoundment since they lose ice a week or two before northeast Iowa natural lakes.
Stay safe this paddling season

Stay safe this paddling season

  • 4/2/2019 12:57:00 PM
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As Iowans start to thaw out from a brutal winter, paddlers and other boaters are itching to hit the water.  While some river levels have dropped, others remain high and unsafe. 
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 3/28/2019 3:18:00 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. Find the entire, original orders on DNR’s website at www.iowadnr.gov/EnforcementActions. 
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 3/28/2019 3:17:00 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 kill reported in Dubuque County

Fish kill reported in Dubuque County

  • 3/28/2019 8:55:00 AM
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PEOSTA, Iowa – On Monday, March 25, DNR environmental specialists and fisheries staff began investigating a fish kill caused by manure runoff in Dubuque County.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/26/2019 1:54:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct prescribed burns within the selected wildlife complexes in Dickinson, Cherokee and O’Brien counties between April 1 and May 20 to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, and restore and maintain native plant communities. 
Iowa’s youth turkey season begins April 5

Iowa’s youth turkey season begins April 5

  • 3/26/2019 1:20:00 PM
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Iowa’s youth only turkey hunting season begins April 5 for residents age 15 and younger at the time when they purchased their youth turkey license.
Time to stop pruning oaks

Time to stop pruning oaks

  • 3/26/2019 1:18:00 PM
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It may be cool out, but it is time to finish pruning oak trees to prevent the spread of oak wilt.  The best way to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to not prune any oak tree between the end of March and the start of October.  However, the warm weather conditions indicate that spring might be a bit early this year. For that reason, DNR suggest finishing your oak pruning this year by the end of the first week in March.
Trout coming to North Liberty March 30

Trout coming to North Liberty March 30

  • 3/26/2019 1:07:00 PM
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North Liberty – A family-friendly trout fishing event will be held at Liberty Centre Pond, 820 West Cherry Street, on Saturday, March 30, at 11 a.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will stock 500 rainbow and 500 brook trout in the pond.
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