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Trout stocking at Ada Hayden Heritage Park postponed

Trout stocking at Ada Hayden Heritage Park postponed

  • 1/28/2020 3:39:00 PM
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Ames, Iowa – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 1, at Ada Hayden Heritage Park, has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions for the expected large crowd. 
Opportunity to help DNR track frog and toad populations

Opportunity to help DNR track frog and toad populations

  • 1/28/2020 3:34:00 PM
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It’s 10 o’clock on a summer night along a gravel road anywhere in Iowa. In the farm pond next to the road, a raucous chorus of male frogs are making themselves heard as they vie for mates. A volunteer stands clipboard in hand, ear cocked, mentally sorting out each of the calling species which are using this seemingly ordinary pond.   
DNR assistance available for landowners interested in CRP

DNR assistance available for landowners interested in CRP

  • 1/28/2020 3:32:00 PM
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Landowners interested in enrolling a portion of their land into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup have until Feb. 28 to write an offer. The general signup came out of the 2018 Farm Bill that increased the cap of acres enrolled from 22 million acres to 27 million.
January 30 Afternoon SLEIS training session cancelled

January 30 Afternoon SLEIS training session cancelled

  • 1/27/2020 1:56:00 PM
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Due to low interest, the DNR has cancelled the SLEIS training session originally schedule for January 30 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Individuals who originally registered for the January 30 afternoon training session have been contacted and given an opportunity to register for a different training session. 
Missed the training? EASY Air permit how-tos are now online

Missed the training? EASY Air permit how-tos are now online

  • 1/24/2020 10:28:00 AM
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Here to help and just published: Whether you missed the Dec. 19 training or forgot some of the steps, find the DNR’s EASY Air training video at eAirServices under the “What Instructions are Available” tab.
Meet Iowa's smallest owl

Meet Iowa's smallest owl

  • 1/24/2020 9:41:00 AM
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What has bright yellow eyes, weighs less than a lemon, and winters in Iowa? The northern saw-whet owl!
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 1/23/2020 12:10:00 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 air quality. DNR’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
Chickadee tax check-off donations continues downward trend in 2018

Chickadee tax check-off donations continues downward trend in 2018

  • 1/21/2020 2:07:00 PM
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Last year, more than 7,200 Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form, which is roughly 300 fewer donors than in 2017. Donors represent about 0.5 percent of total tax payers in Iowa.
Trout stocking this Saturday at Lake Petocka cancelled

Trout stocking this Saturday at Lake Petocka cancelled

  • 1/21/2020 2:05:00 PM
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Bondurant, Iowa – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 25 at Lake Petocka has been cancelled due to unsafe ice conditions for the expected large crowd.
Bald Eagle shot, killed in Ankeny; public’s help sought

Bald Eagle shot, killed in Ankeny; public’s help sought

  • 1/21/2020 1:33:00 PM
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ANKENY, Iowa -- On January 3, 2020, the Ankeny Police Department contacted a DNR Conservation Officer and a Wildlife Rehabber about a mature Bald Eagle that was not acting normal and sitting on the ground near Northeast Trilein Drive and East 1st Street.
Water quality improvements lead to mussels’ return, Upper Iowa River off state impaired waters list

Water quality improvements lead to mussels’ return, Upper Iowa River off state impaired waters list

  • 1/16/2020 11:48:00 AM
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DECORAH -- The Upper Iowa River seemed an unlikely candidate for Iowa’s impaired waters list, noted for its exceptional water quality and stellar outdoor recreation opportunities. Still, native freshwater mussels were struggling to survive in the river - until a local effort stepped in to make major changes on the land. That effort was just recognized as a water quality success story by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Contracts on the Environmental Protection Commission’s agenda

Contracts on the Environmental Protection Commission’s agenda

  • 1/16/2020 11:47:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Departing from its usual Tuesday meetings, the Environmental Protection Commission will meet at 1 p.m., Jan. 22, in the Wallace State Office Building auditorium, second floor, 502 E. Ninth St. in Des Moines.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 1/16/2020 11:46:00 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 air quality. DNR’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
Renew and Review – Upgrade Your SLEIS Skills

Renew and Review – Upgrade Your SLEIS Skills

  • 1/16/2020 8:20:00 AM
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The State & Local Emissions Inventory System (SLEIS) can simplify your 2019 air emissions inventory report and ensure it is complete and accurate.
Swan Soiree rescheduled for Feb. 15

Swan Soiree rescheduled for Feb. 15

  • 1/15/2020 3:00:00 PM
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West Des Moines, Iowa - The Trumpeter Swan Soiree, originally scheduled for Jan. 18, has been rescheduled to Feb. 15 due to anticipated winter weather.
Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

  • 1/14/2020 2:48:00 PM
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Council Bluffs, Iowa – The trout stocking scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 18 at Big Lake has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions.
CRP signup has begun

CRP signup has begun

  • 1/14/2020 2:47:00 PM
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is opened general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through February 28, 2020. Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental payment for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands.
Pollinators, wildlife benefit from landowners bringing prairie back to the landscape

Pollinators, wildlife benefit from landowners bringing prairie back to the landscape

  • 1/14/2020 2:45:00 PM
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Virginia Ekstrand is always in motion. From taking ‘ology trips out west with her grandkids to learning how to become a master naturalist, this retired school teacher never stops moving. On this late August morning, she is firing on all cylinders when talking about her latest project of reconstructing a 16-acre prairie on her heritage farm in Henry County.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 1/9/2020 12:30:00 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 air quality. DNR’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
Gates removed on Upper Iowa River dam

Gates removed on Upper Iowa River dam

  • 1/7/2020 12:41:00 PM
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An emergency project to remove damaged gates from the southern segment of Lower Dam on the Upper Iowa River in Winneshiek County is underway. The $60,000 project restores flow to nearly a mile of the Upper Iowa River that was dewatered after the dam was built.
Iowa DNR in Sergeant Bluff to host Jan. 15 public meeting on chronic wasting disease

Iowa DNR in Sergeant Bluff to host Jan. 15 public meeting on chronic wasting disease

  • 1/7/2020 12:37:00 PM
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Sergeant Bluff, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a public meeting to discuss chronic wasting disease and a new, enhanced monitoring effort on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Sergeant Bluff Community Center, 903 Topaz Drive, in Sergeant Bluff. The meeting is scheduled from 6-8 p.m.
Winter community trout stockings start Jan. 11

Winter community trout stockings start Jan. 11

  • 1/7/2020 12:35:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trout in seven locations across Iowa this winter in areas that would not support them in warmer months.
Iowa DNR in Sergeant Bluff to host Jan. 15 public meeting on chronic wasting disease

Iowa DNR in Sergeant Bluff to host Jan. 15 public meeting on chronic wasting disease

  • 1/6/2020 3:02:00 PM
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SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a public meeting to discuss chronic wasting disease and a new, enhanced monitoring effort on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Sergeant Bluff Community Center, 903 Topaz Drive, in Sergeant Bluff. The meeting is scheduled from 6-8 p.m.
Make MMP submittal easy in 2020

Make MMP submittal easy in 2020

  • 1/4/2020 7:51:00 PM
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For confinement site owners: If you haven’t been using the online manure management plan application, eMMP, check your mail now.
Record-breaking attendance at First Day Hikes in Iowa state parks

Record-breaking attendance at First Day Hikes in Iowa state parks

  • 1/3/2020 4:39:00 PM
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DES MOINES – At least 4,358 hikers took part in First Day Hikes yesterday in 49 Iowa state parks, the highest attendance since the annual event began in 2012. The New Year’s Day hikes launched the Iowa state park centennial in 2020.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 1/2/2020 1:51:00 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.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 1/2/2020 1:50:00 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 air quality. DNR’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
Trumpeter swan soiree returns to central Iowa

Trumpeter swan soiree returns to central Iowa

  • 1/2/2020 6:58:00 AM
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West Des Moines, Iowa - The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree, celebrating North America’s largest waterfowl species, on Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Walnut Woods State Park, in West Des Moines.
DNR conservation officer assists with ice rescue

DNR conservation officer assists with ice rescue

  • 12/30/2019 9:24:00 AM
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WARREN COUNTY, Iowa – On December 27, around 3:15pm, Warren County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call came of two people that had gone through the ice at Summerset State Park and were yelling for help.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 12/27/2019 3:07:00 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 air quality. DNR’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 12/27/2019 3:06:00 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.
DNR offers tips to reduce waste this holiday season

DNR offers tips to reduce waste this holiday season

  • 12/26/2019 11:33:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The holiday season is a time for spending with family and friends and giving and receiving gifts. This is also the most waste-generated time of the year.
DNR to host public meeting on timber harvest at McIntosh Woods

DNR to host public meeting on timber harvest at McIntosh Woods

  • 12/26/2019 10:23:00 AM
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VENTURA, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 6:30pm at the Ventura Community Center, 4 N. Weimer Street, to discuss salvage timber harvest at McIntosh Woods State Park.
Lodge at Palisades Kepler State Park vandalized

Lodge at Palisades Kepler State Park vandalized

  • 12/26/2019 10:15:00 AM
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LINN COUNTY -- DNR staff discovered the Palisades Kepler State Park lodge was vandalized sometime in the overnight hours of Sunday, December 23, 2019.
DNR investigating two hunting incidents

DNR investigating two hunting incidents

  • 12/26/2019 10:12:00 AM
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WARREN COUNTY – On December 22, 2019, around 10:30am, Austin Pontier of St. Charles was shot by a member of his hunting party while participating in a deer drive south of St. Charles.
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