Iowa DNR

Climate experts: Iowa drought likely to extend into spring planting season


Iowa has a slightly elevated risk of the drought in western counties pushing into spring planting season, a top federal climate official said. Dennis Todey, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, told 50 regional climate and natural resources officials last week that the lingeringLa Niña conditions in the Pacific Ocean could mean drier conditions […]

Commission rejects request to ban party barges in West Okoboji bay


Hundreds of boaters still will be able to anchor their boats and tie them together to form party barges near shore in Miller’s Bay on West Okoboji Lake, a governor-appointed state commission ruled Thursday. Neighbors of Miller’s Bay had asked the Natural Resource Commission to ban boaters from anchoring or tying their boats together within 300 feet of the shore, […]