by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Take note. First responders, industries, businesses, cities and livestock producers – in short, anyone who might need to report an environmental emergency – the DNR’s 24/7 environmental hotline changes on July 1.
“If you’ve ever had a spill, a wastewater discharge, a fish kill, problems with drinking water or similar event, change the number now,” said Barb Lynch, chief of the DNR’s field services. “The last thing you want is to look for the number during an emergency caused by a power outage.”
The new number is 515-725-8694. For the next six months, people who call the old number will hear a recorded message with the new number.
While you may never have to report an emergency, updating the new number on emergency management plans, facility bulletin boards and internal documents, plus email and phone contact lists ensures you’ll have it when you need it.
Find more information about who should use the emergency number and when to use it at www.iowadnr.gov/spills/
. Look for the Environmental Hotline Reporting Guide in the Forms and Guides table at the bottom of the page.