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Water Summary Update: June rainfall an inch below normal

Water Summary Update: June rainfall an inch below normal

  • 7/11/2019 1:42:00 PM
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DES MOINES — After higher amounts of rainfall in May, June rainfall in Iowa was 3.86 inches, or more than an inch below normal for the month, according to the latest Water Summary Update. June is typically the wettest month of the year in Iowa.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 7/11/2019 1:40:00 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.
Southwest Iowa hidden treasure boasts nature

Southwest Iowa hidden treasure boasts nature

  • 7/10/2019 11:26:00 AM
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Hamburg, Iowa –Eli Slusher Wildlife Area, south of Waubonsie State Park in Fremont County, offers a wild and rugged get-away-from-it-all kind of experience.
Water level to drop at West Lake Park ahead of restoration

Water level to drop at West Lake Park ahead of restoration

  • 7/10/2019 11:22:00 AM
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DAVENPORT – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will start lowering the water level at Lake of the Hills, Railroad Lake, Lambach Lake and Bluegrass Lake at West Lake Park on July 15 as part of a lake restoration project to improve water quality and recreational opportunities.
Russell residents advised to use bottled water

Russell residents advised to use bottled water

  • 7/9/2019 1:34:00 PM
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RUSSELL - Loss of water pressure following a pipeline break caused the Lucas County town of Russell to issue a bottled water advisory this morning.
Lee County Manure Release

Lee County Manure Release

  • 7/9/2019 10:43:00 AM
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KEOKUK - Sunday afternoon, DNR investigated a report of an unnamed creek running black near Mississippi River Road about 4 miles north of Keokuk.
No wake speed in place at Blue Lake

No wake speed in place at Blue Lake

  • 7/6/2019 10:35:00 AM
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Monona County, Iowa -- Boaters on Blue Lake, in Onawa, will be restricted to operating their boat at no wake speed, which equates to roughly 5 mph, while the lake level is above flood stage.
6 ways to help monarchs in your own backyard

6 ways to help monarchs in your own backyard

  • 7/5/2019 4:52:00 PM
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One of the most recognized pollinators, monarchs travel more than 3,000 miles each year to come visit Iowa for the summer. With declining numbers over the last decade, here are some ways you can help these beautiful orange and black butterflies:
5 Hidden Surprises at Wapsipinicon State Park

5 Hidden Surprises at Wapsipinicon State Park

  • 7/3/2019 2:57:00 PM
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Wapsipinicon State Park is a hole-in-one—and we’re not just talking about its golf course. Often referred to as Wapsi, this park is unlike any other Iowa state park because of its especially unique beginnings and natural history. With the help of Park Manager Dennis Murphy, here’s five hidden surprises waiting to be explored at Wapsipinicon. 
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 7/3/2019 12:43:00 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

  • 7/3/2019 12:42:00 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.
4 tips for new paddlers

4 tips for new paddlers

  • 7/2/2019 11:48:00 AM
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Many Iowans love spending summertime paddling through the water. If you want to try paddling for the first time, check out these tips to get started:
Iowa shooting sports championship events conclude

Iowa shooting sports championship events conclude

  • 7/2/2019 11:38:00 AM
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Gage O’Connor from the Ankeny Hawks Shooting Sports Team hit 200 straight clay targets at the State Trap Shoot the first week of June, besting all other shooters. But in the end his effort was not enough to hold off the varsity squad from North Scott who had the high squad score, hitting 985 out of 1,000 targets by their five person team.
Habitat rich Cardinal Marsh offers visitors year round outdoor fun

Habitat rich Cardinal Marsh offers visitors year round outdoor fun

  • 7/2/2019 11:37:00 AM
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Cardinal Marsh Wildlife Area checks a lot of the outdoor recreation boxes in its nearly 1,200 acres. With its mix of hardwood timber, native prairie, network of marshes and a winding river, this public area on the west edge of Winneshiek County offers a high quality natural getaway away from the crowds.
DNR and licensing agents begin selling Federal Electronic Duck Stamp

DNR and licensing agents begin selling Federal Electronic Duck Stamp

  • 7/2/2019 11:36:00 AM
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DES MOINES, Iowa – As of July 1, 2019, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is now a part of the growing number of states natural resource agencies that is selling the Federal Electronic Duck Stamp, also known as the “E-Stamp”.
EPA exempts reporting air emissions from animal waste on farms

EPA exempts reporting air emissions from animal waste on farms

  • 7/1/2019 2:10:00 PM
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Earlier this month the Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule exempting animal waste at farms from reporting air emissions under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
Livestock discharges in northwest Iowa

Livestock discharges in northwest Iowa

  • 6/28/2019 2:32:00 PM
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SPENCER - Two manure storage structures overflowed Thursday following heavy rainfall in localized parts of northwest Iowa.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 6/27/2019 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. 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...
Celebrate Fourth of July weekend at Iowa State Parks

Celebrate Fourth of July weekend at Iowa State Parks

  • 6/27/2019 8:58:00 AM
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Plenty of exciting activities are happening at state parks over Fourth of July weekend. Check out the list below to find a holiday activity near you and make your camping reservation today!
How to choose the right life jacket

How to choose the right life jacket

  • 6/26/2019 1:41:00 PM
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Life jackets are a must for water safety, but finding the right fit can be tricky. Here’s some helpful tips in finding the right life jacket for you and your family: 
Zebra mussels found in Crystal Lake

Zebra mussels found in Crystal Lake

  • 6/25/2019 12:49:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is closely monitoring Crystal Lake for zebra mussels after recent discoveries of juveniles in a water sample and two individuals on a sampling plate used to monitor for zebra mussels. No adult zebra mussels were found during a follow-up survey.
Restoring ruffed grouse habitat makes Falcon Springs Wildlife Area unique

Restoring ruffed grouse habitat makes Falcon Springs Wildlife Area unique

  • 6/25/2019 12:48:00 PM
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Decorah - Northeast Iowa’s towering bluffs and cold water streams are like nowhere else in the state. Add in a popular river that is on endless national lists as one of the best places to paddle in the country and it’s easy to see why Winneshiek County is a destination for outdoor recreation.
Caution advised as peak boating season approaches

Caution advised as peak boating season approaches

  • 6/25/2019 12:43:00 PM
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Traditionally, the 4th of July weekend is the busiest period on Iowa waters. Boating, paddling, fishing and swimming are even more popular with what are often the warmest temperatures of the year. When factoring in record rains this spring and many waterbodies at or above flood stage on top of increased use, it only makes sense to have a plan before you set out to make sure everybody stays safe.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 6/20/2019 11:31:00 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

  • 6/20/2019 11:29:00 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
Fee Advisory Group Meeting on August 1, 2019

Fee Advisory Group Meeting on August 1, 2019

  • 6/20/2019 10:55:00 AM
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Company and facility managers, environmental staff, and governmental liaisons; and association representatives are invited to a meeting on August 1, 2019, at 10:00 A.M.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss projected shortfalls in funding for air quality program permitting services and core program implementation activities, and to develop a funding plan for the next 5 years or longer. 
8 common fishing mistakes anglers make

8 common fishing mistakes anglers make

  • 6/18/2019 3:25:00 PM
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Most anglers dream of the perfect catch, but simple mistakes can prevent you from reeling in the fish. Here are some pitfalls to avoid when fishing:
Boil advisory in Stockton lifted

Boil advisory in Stockton lifted

  • 6/18/2019 2:10:00 PM
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STOCKTON—The boil advisory in Stockton was lifted June 17 after tests from water samples showed the water was safe to drink.
Partnership project leads to diverse wetland

Partnership project leads to diverse wetland

  • 6/18/2019 2:04:00 PM
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FAIRBANK, Iowa - Fans in the stands of the Wapsi Valley Warriors football stadium have taken notice of the large birds with long necks and grinding, raspy calls flying overhead during games in recent years. The once rare sight has become more common as the local sandhill crane population at Aldo Leopold Wildlife Management Area continues to expand.
Help stop aquatic hitchhikers this Fourth of July

Help stop aquatic hitchhikers this Fourth of July

  • 6/18/2019 2:03:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking all boaters and anglers to check for unwanted hitchhikers on their boats and equipment this Fourth of July to help protect Iowa lakes and streams.
Water and Wastewater Treatment Workers Week

Water and Wastewater Treatment Workers Week

  • 6/13/2019 1:33:00 PM
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All members of the Iowa Drinking Water and Wastewater industries are invited to be present as Governor Kim Reynolds signs a proclamation declaring August 18 through August 24, 2019, as "Water and Wastewater Treatment Workers of Iowa Week."
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