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Public comment sought for impaired waters list

Public comment sought for impaired waters list

  • 4/14/2017 3:06:00 PM
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DES MOINES -- The DNR is seeking public comment on the newly released draft impaired waters list. Data released by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, today, shows 56 impairments will be removed from the 2014 impaired list, once approved by the EPA.
Cedar River: the heart of Charles City

Cedar River: the heart of Charles City

  • 3/31/2017 10:14:00 AM
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After Cedar River floodwaters hit hard in 2008 and 2016, even washing away the iconic century-old suspension bridge in 2008, you wouldn’t expect Charles City to embrace the river. 
Iowans celebrate water quality successes in annual review

Iowans celebrate water quality successes in annual review

  • 3/23/2017 11:54:00 AM
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DES MOINES — The efforts of Iowans to improve Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams have resulted in success stories across the state, and a new publication is showcasing some of the most impressive efforts over the last decade. 
Northeast Iowa goes wild for trout

Northeast Iowa goes wild for trout

  • 3/16/2017 3:27:00 PM
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​Things are getting even wilder in northeast Iowa. Watershed projects on northeast Iowa’s famed trout streams over the last two decades have improved water quality, and in turn, wild trout populations, fishing and tourism. By changing the way water comes into trout streams, watershed projects have kept excess sediment, nutrients and bacteria out of the water. 
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.  
Water Summary Update - 2016 in review

Water Summary Update - 2016 in review

  • 1/12/2017 2:39:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Iowa started 2016 with dry conditions but extensive rains in August and September ranked this as the 19th wettest year on record.  
Hunting seasons starting to close

Hunting seasons starting to close

  • 1/3/2017 12:18:00 PM
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Iowa’s pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and archery fall turkey seasons close on Jan. 10.  Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and grouse remain open until Jan. 31.
Wastewater discharge into Storm Lake Monday night

Wastewater discharge into Storm Lake Monday night

  • 12/6/2016 2:14:00 PM
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STORM LAKE – Officials in the city of Storm Lake reported to DNR this morning that an unknown, but small, amount of untreated wastewater leaked into Storm Lake overnight.
Waterfowl refuges closed to any access until duck seasons end

Waterfowl refuges closed to any access until duck seasons end

  • 12/2/2016 10:16:00 AM
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Iowa waterfowl refuges are closed to all access until the day after duck season closes. This year the duck season closes later than previous years and the later season dates may impact some deer hunters who have hunted the areas in the past. 
DNR looking for opinions on current migratory game bird seasons

DNR looking for opinions on current migratory game bird seasons

  • 11/16/2016 10:00:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is asking Iowa migratory game bird hunters what they liked and disliked about the 2016 migratory game bird seasons, as a first step in developing proposed 2017 migratory game bird season dates. 
Water Summary Update: 2016 Water Year much wetter than normal

Water Summary Update: 2016 Water Year much wetter than normal

  • 10/11/2016 9:16:00 AM
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DES MOINES— The 2016 Water Year (ending September 30, 2016) brought a statewide average precipitation of almost 45 inches, 9.6 inches more than normal. This ranks as the third wettest water year among 144 years of record.
7 must-see waterfalls in Iowa State Parks

7 must-see waterfalls in Iowa State Parks

  • 9/29/2016 3:39:00 PM
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From nature's splendor to man-made spillways, these water features are definitely wonderful. Below, get the full list of Iowa's waterfalls, how to get to each one, and ideas on other things to do in the area while on your waterfall tour.
Meeting to discuss Eldred Sherwood Lake water quality improvement plan

Meeting to discuss Eldred Sherwood Lake water quality improvement plan

  • 9/29/2016 11:23:00 AM
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KLEMME – Iowans interested in the results of a DNR study to improve water quality in Eldred Sherwood Lake in Hancock County can attend a meeting Oct. 12. Citizens are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas to improve the lake to the meeting for discussion. 
Flooding in northern Iowa impacts some public areas and raises baiting questions

Flooding in northern Iowa impacts some public areas and raises baiting questions

  • 9/23/2016 3:19:00 PM
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DES MOINES - It will not be a run-of-the-mill type of opener for many waterfowl hunters in northern portions of the state on Saturday. Extensive flooding has impacted some of the more popular public areas and also raises questions on when hunting flooded fields might be considered baiting.
Iowa’s regular duck hunting seasons to start soon

Iowa’s regular duck hunting seasons to start soon

  • 9/20/2016 12:57:00 PM
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Iowa has had a wet start to summer and now a wet end to summer filling wetlands and marshes across the state and flooding crop fields in certain areas. Adding to the mix that local Iowa ducks had a good hatch this spring and these young ducks are now spread out and using newly flooded areas for food and cover.
Canada goose season closed during youth duck season

Canada goose season closed during youth duck season

  • 9/16/2016 9:45:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s two-day youth waterfowl seasons begin Saturday in the north zone and hunters planning to take a young person on this special hunt are reminded that only the youth may participate in the hunt and only ducks, mergansers and coots are legal species.
Water Summary Update: July and August wettest months so far in 2016

Water Summary Update: July and August wettest months so far in 2016

  • 9/1/2016 1:26:00 PM
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July and August have easily been the two wettest months of 2016, and have continued to improve the overall hydrologic condition of the state. The National Drought Monitor has removed areas of moderate drought from Iowa, and less than 6 percent of the state is shown as “abnormally dry” – continuing the improvement that been occurring over the last several weeks.
Let's Talk Teal: Season Opens Sept 3

Let's Talk Teal: Season Opens Sept 3

  • 8/26/2016 1:02:00 PM
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Early teal hunting season looks promising for Iowa hunters since a wet summer has kept Iowa's wetland areas filled with water. Now, according to DNR waterfowl biologists, it's up to weather and migration.
Late Summer Underwater Weed Control for Ponds

Late Summer Underwater Weed Control for Ponds

  • 8/9/2016 1:15:00 PM
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Pond plants are essential for healthy fish populations and good water quality, but can become a nuisance.  Finding ways to reduce plant abundance to make pond access easier, without getting rid of them altogether, is a challenge for many pond owners.
State Parks Impacted by Recent Rains

State Parks Impacted by Recent Rains

  • 7/19/2016 12:45:00 PM
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People planning park visits in the near future are reminded to check on current conditions before heading out. Several Iowa state parks have been impacted by recent heavy rainfalls.
Floating the river is an Iowa summertime tradition

Floating the river is an Iowa summertime tradition

  • 7/12/2016 12:37:00 PM
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Swimming, canoeing and floating the river on tubes is a summertime tradition in Iowa. But as relaxing and enjoyable as a river float is, it does come with an element of risk.
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