Iowa DNR

Iowa DNR

The Iowa DNR wants to hear from the public. This month and next, it's holding REAP, or Resource Enchancement and Protection, assemblies throughout Iowa to identify possible local projects.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds

An annual test of water quality in the Iowa Quad Cities will be held Tuesday. Partners of Scott County Watersheds has been testing rivers, streams, and creeks since 2003.

Chad Dolan, Iowa DNR

Swimming, fishing, and kayaking in a popular Quad Cities park will end early this year, and be closed for all of next year. This week, the Iowa DNR will begin the "restoration" of the lakes in West Lake Park in Scott County.

Iowa DNR

After a major make-over, a popular state park in eastern Iowa is ready to open on time in the spring. Last week, staff of the Maquoketa Caves State Park, and a park friends group, held a public meeting to talk about the improvements.

submitted by Adam Schnieders / Iowa DNR

Iowa has a new tool to measure how fast the state is reducing water pollution. Recently, the state DNR and researchers at Iowa State University completed a three-year digital mapping project.

Michelle O'Neill reports the new, interactive maps show where landowners and farmers have changed the land to reduce runoff and improve water quality.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

The current rules for siting large animal confinements in Iowa are not tough enough. That's according to a group called Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement which will hold the latest in a series of public meetings in Davenport Thursday night.

Shoreline and lake with lots of waterfowl in and out of the water
submitted / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

State and federal agencies will celebrate their efforts to balance the needs of wildlife and navigation. Thursday morning, the Corps of Engineers hosted a ribbon cutting for the Lake Odessa Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project, which is located in the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge near Wapello, Iowa.

Scott County

People who use a popular park in the Quad Cities can learn if its lake is polluted, and what might be done about it. On Thursday, the Scott County Conservation Board will hold a meeting to discuss watershed pollution at West Lake Park in Davenport.

The board and the Iowa DNR conducted a study to find out how much sediment and nutrients are released into the watershed, and to see if past restoration projects have improved water quality. 

Thirty years after planning began, Iowa's newest state recreation area has reached an important milestone. Lost Grove Lake in northern Scott County is at full pool, meaning the lake has reached its maximum depth of 62 feet.

If you're having trouble breathing today, there's a good reason - smoke from wildfires in Canada is being blown southeast across Iowa and Illinois.