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Major restoration effort to improve Black Hawk Lake nearing completion

Major restoration effort to improve Black Hawk Lake nearing completion

  • 6/20/2023 2:38:00 PM
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LAKE VIEW – A second and final season of dredging on Black Hawk Lake, located in Sac County, is scheduled to end the week of June 18th. An additional two to three weeks of site clean-up and contractor demobilization will follow the dredging work.
Operation Dry Water starts July 1

Operation Dry Water starts July 1

  • 6/20/2023 2:33:00 PM
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DES MOINES - A group of state, federal and local law enforcement agencies will partner to focus enforcement of Iowa’s boating while intoxicated law as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign to draw public attention to the hazards of boating under the influence.
Drought watch in place with below normal rainfall in May

Drought watch in place with below normal rainfall in May

  • 6/8/2023 3:06:00 PM
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DES MOINES - The state of Iowa faced a dry May with only 2.54 inches of rainfall, which is just over half of its normal rainfall for the month. This lack of rainfall has led to deteriorating conditions in soil moisture and stream flows across the state. Southwest Iowa has been hit the hardest with less than two inches of rain, which is only 35 percent of expected May precipitation. As a result, Iowa's Drought Regions have been rated as "Drought Watch", indicating that at least three indicators in the ...
Maquoketa & North Fork Maquoketa Water Trail dedicated May 31

Maquoketa & North Fork Maquoketa Water Trail dedicated May 31

  • 5/16/2023 1:58:00 PM
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The Maquoketa & North Fork Maquoketa Water Trail, in Jackson County, will be officially dedicated as Iowa’s newest water trail during a public ceremony at 10 a.m., May 31, at Canton County Park along the Maquoketa River, in western Jackson County.
River Users Should Avoid Area Near Adel Wastewater Facility

River Users Should Avoid Area Near Adel Wastewater Facility

  • 5/16/2023 12:24:00 PM
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ADEL--Persons recreating on the North Racoon River should avoid an area immediately below the Adel Wastewater Treatment Facility where a pool of partially treated waste has collected after a release on Monday.
Environmental Protection Commission to meet in Emmetsburg

Environmental Protection Commission to meet in Emmetsburg

  • 5/11/2023 6:58:00 AM
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DES MOINES— The Environmental Protection Commission will meet in Emmetsburg, Iowa to tour the Iowa Lakes Regional Water, Osgood Water Treatment Plant and Lost Island Lake on Monday, May 15.
Water Summary Update: April 2023 - Another dry month

Water Summary Update: April 2023 - Another dry month

  • 5/4/2023 2:25:00 PM
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DES MOINES — Rainfall in April was just over two inches but 1.5 inches below normal for the month. This comes after a drier than normal March. As a result, streamflows are down across much of the state, and conditions are generally deteriorating in the eastern two-thirds of Iowa. While all of the Drought Regions of Iowa are rated as “normal, " downward trends are shown in the state's central, northeastern, and southeastern parts. The US Drought Monitor introduced a small area of moderate drought in so...
Major restoration effort to improve Black Hawk Lake water quality

Major restoration effort to improve Black Hawk Lake water quality

  • 4/5/2023 9:13:00 AM
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DES MOINES – A second and final season of dredging on Black Hawk Lake, located in Sac County, will start this week and is scheduled to end in early June. An additional two to three weeks of site clean-up and contractor demobilization will follow the dredging work.
DNR releases Iowa Drought Plan

DNR releases Iowa Drought Plan

  • 3/9/2023 12:47:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has finalized a drought plan for use by local, county, state agencies and governments in the event of droughts in the state.
Federal Clean Water Act celebrates 50 year anniversary

Federal Clean Water Act celebrates 50 year anniversary

  • 10/13/2022 1:53:00 PM
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The Clean Water Act, created and passed in response to a nationwide movement advocating for the improvement and restoration of the country’s waters, is celebrating 50 years October 18, 2022.
Iowa DNR hiring seasonal water patrol officers

Iowa DNR hiring seasonal water patrol officers

  • 10/11/2022 12:09:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking applicants to fill the position of seasonal water patrol officer at several lakes and rivers across the state.
Water Summary Update: Water Year ends on a downward trend

Water Summary Update: Water Year ends on a downward trend

  • 10/6/2022 2:53:00 PM
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DES MOINES - After yet another month of below normal precipitation across the state, the water year ended with deteriorating conditions across Iowa, according to the latest Water Summary Update.
Duck season begins Oct. 1 in Iowa’s north zone

Duck season begins Oct. 1 in Iowa’s north zone

  • 9/30/2022 2:31:00 PM
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Waterfowlers have waited all year for this: for the next three weekends in Iowa, there will be an opening day for duck and goose hunting. The north zone opens on Oct. 1, the central zone opens on Oct. 8 and the south zone opens on Oct. 15. Each zone is open seven days, then close for seven days, before re-opening.
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