Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Pandemic-era rush to parks continues, hunting license sales up, fishing down

BY: - July 24, 2021

Iowans are continuing their pandemic-era rush to state parks, and resident hunting license sales are the highest they’ve been in at least three years. Some fishing license sales have been below last year, when pandemic restrictions made lakes and rivers some of the few places where people could safely be out of their home. This […]

UI scientists: Corps should consider livestock, not just geese, as Red Rock pollution source

BY: - July 21, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ attempt to blame geese for dangerous fecal bacteria in an Iowa reservoir ignores the possible role of widespread livestock manure applications, two University of Iowa water quality experts said Wednesday.  Water-quality records kept by the Des Moines Water Works show a spike of E. coli bacteria last week in […]

State: Company illegally storing hundreds of old wind turbine blades at three Iowa sites

BY: - July 7, 2021

State environmental regulators say an out-of-state firm has illegally stored hundreds of wind turbine blades in three Iowa towns and should be investigated by the attorney general’s office.  Global Fiberglass Solutions Inc. has a combined 1,300 turbines at sites in Newton, Atlantic and Ellsworth. Since 2017, the Washington state-based company has said it plans to […]

Lake Darling continues to fight bacteria problems after $12M restoration

BY: - July 2, 2021

Lake Darling has posted one of the highest numbers of swimming advisories in Iowa in recent years despite a $12 million restoration finished in 2014. This week, Darling violated three state swimming standards in a single round of tests, a rarity in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ weekly state-park beach monitoring program. Seven lakes […]

Environmental group: Iowa’s waterway cleanup plan could take 22,000 years

BY: - July 1, 2021

Iowa’s work to clean polluted waterways is so slow it will take as much as 22,000 years to meet some of the goals in the state’s voluntary plan, the Iowa Environmental Council reported.  The nonprofit’s latest review of the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy — the backbone of Iowa’s water quality efforts — found the plan […]

Former head of DNR’s livestock program opposes cattle barns near trout stream

BY: - June 29, 2021

The former director of Iowa’s livestock regulation program on Tuesday said a proposed 11,000-animal cattle operation near a northeast Iowa trout stream should have been built somewhere else. Gene Tinker, who lost his job in what the Iowa Department of Natural Resources called budget cuts in 2017, said the state’s approval of the Supreme Beef […]

Judge fines Sergeant Bluff man $80K for illegal burning

BY: - June 16, 2021

A judge has fined a Sergeant Bluff man $80,000, the maximum allowed, for burning thousands of railroad ties on his property. State regulators had repeatedly warned John Goldsmith, 71, he had been violating state law. The state won a permanent injunction barring Goldsmith from violating solid-waste and open-burning laws.  Chief Judge Duane Hoffmeyer of the […]

DNR: Rain looms, but so does another dry spell

BY: - June 15, 2021

Iowa may get an inch of rain over the next few days, but it will need that amount of rain every week for the rest of the summer to get out of the drought, a key state staffer said Tuesday. Forecasters suggest we won’t get it. Tim Hall, hydrology resources coordinator for the Iowa Department […]

Drought worsens in Iowa, western U.S.

BY: - June 11, 2021

Iowa’s drought worsened considerably in the past week as a heat wave added to a shortage of rain.  Drought conditions had eased before that, with decent rains shrinking the areas that were abnormally dry.  But this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor reported that an area just shy of 89% of the state is either in drought […]

Sierra Club eyes court action over N.E. Iowa cattle operation

BY: - June 4, 2021

Critics of a northeast Iowa cattle operation near a high-quality trout stream are considering a court appeal after the state’s top environmental official declined to review her agency’s approval of the feedlot. Supreme Beef wants to raise more than 10,000 cattle in a partially enclosed feedlot near Bloody Run Creek, not far from Monona in […]

Environmental groups demand hearing on cattle farm near trout stream

BY: - May 10, 2021

Environmentalists have filed a petition demanding a state hearing on the decision to allow a large cattle operation near a northeast Iowa trout stream. The Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, Iowa Environmental Council and conservationists Steve Veysey and Larry Stone requested the hearing regarding Supreme Beef’s plans for 11,600 cattle near Monona, close to Bloody Run […]

State senator contacted DNR about his son-in-law’s controversial cattle operation near trout stream

BY: - April 16, 2021

An Iowa state senator contacted state environmental officials on behalf of his son-in-law’s controversial plan to raise cattle near a Clayton County trout stream. Sen. Dan Zumbach, R-Ryan, contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on behalf of Supreme Beef, email records show. The company on April 5 won state approval of its plan to […]