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  • America’s Great Outdoors Report The report outlines a 21st century vision for conservation in America that encompasses public and private lands, places a renewed emphasis on urban parks, prioritizes our waters as recreational and community resources, and commits to long-term investment in conservation and outdoor recreation. League Conservation Director Scott Kovarovics offers an overview of the major issues and recommendations addressed in the report.     
  • Testimony on Federal Funding Priorities Each year, Congress develops appropriations bills that fund government agencies and programs.  This process provides the League with the...  


Annual Report

Clean Air and Energy

Clean Water

  • Asian Carp: A Hungry Invader Asian carp have migrated more than 1,000 miles from the Mississippi River watershed to the doorstep of Lake Michigan. Will this invasive fish turn the Great Lakes into carp lakes? (Outdoor America, Spring 2010)     
  • Turning Up the Water Pressure Steps big and small need to be taken to better conserve and more equitably divide the world’s water to irrigate our farms, grow our communities, and sustain future generations.     
  • Stream and Wetlands Publications Click on this link for information on books and videos on stream monitoring, restoration, and wetland protection; the SOS water quality monitoring data sheet; archived Wetland Sights and Sounds newsletters; and wetland fact sheets.     
  • Damaged Delta The Mississippi River might be the most “managed” river in the country. Along its length you’ll find levees to prevent flooding, locks and dams for river navigation, and dredging operations for commerce. These changes may have been made with good intentions, but they drastically damaged the natural functions of the river.     
  • From the Fast-Moving Fifties to the Sensible Sixties The 1950s and 1960s were filled with significant shifts in American life. This period started with the Cold War and ended with Woodstock. As American culture shifted, so did the threats to America’s natural resources. It’s difficult to summarize such an era of change. But we can highlight a few significant issues on which the League led the nation.     
  • Hunters and Anglers: Supporting Our Nation's Economy and Conservation Hunting and fishing are not simply traditions or hobbies – they are fundamental components of our nation’s economy.     
  • Izaak Walton League Applauds Science-Based Rule To Protect Water Quality (5/27/15) More than a decade of uncertainty came to an end today when the Obama Administration issued a rule clarifying which waters of the United States are protected under the Clean Water Act. On behalf of sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts across the country, the Izaak Walton League applauds the administration’s work to protect Americans and our economy.     
  • Resolution to Separate Great Lakes Basin from Mississippi River Basin Separate the Great Lakes Basin from the Mississippi River Basin to Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species   The Izaak Walton...  
  • The Clean Water Act: 40 Years of Progress in Peril In 1972, a long-fought battle spearheaded by the Izaak Walton League and other conservation groups resulted in a Clean Water Act to protect America’s waterways from pollution. Forty years later, the conservation community finds itself facing another battle — this time to protect the Clean Water Act itself.     
  • Will We Sacrifice Our Water for Gas? The Marcellus shale formation may offer a new source of domestic fuel, but without proper guidelines in place, this “boom” gas industry could devastate fish and wildlife. Find out more about hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – and what it could mean to your community.     
  • Clean Water at a Crossroads  

Climate Change

Conservation Currents

  • Conservation Currents June 2015 IN THIS ISSUE: #IKEcon Just One Month Away!, Win for Clean Water and the League, New IWLA Chesapeake Bay Working Group, League Wins Grant to Recruit New Water Monitors     
  • Conservation Currents May 2015 IN THIS ISSUE: Registration Now Open for IWLA National Convention, Members of Congress Need to Protect Clean Water, USDA Rule Links Conservation and Crop Insurance, League Advocates for Wetland Easements, National Awards Deadline: June 1, National Fishing and Boating Week: June 6-14, 2015     
  • Conservation Currents April 2015 IN THIS ISSUE: 2015 Convention Update: Workshops Announced, New Online Community Connects IWLA Members, League Urges Congressional Funding for Conservation, IWLA Honored with Spot on Maryland Public Television, League Continues Fight for Clean Water, Raise Your Community Profile on Earth Day, National Fishing and Boating Week: June 6-14, 2015, National Awards Deadline: June 1     
  • Conservation Currents March 2015 IN THIS ISSUE: More South Dakota Adventures at IWLA National Convention, Virginia Volunteers Work to Save Our Streams, New Initiative Aims to Get Kids Outdoors, League Asks USDA for Accuracy in Wetland Determinations, Sportsmen's Act Reintroduced with League Support, Conservation Easement Incentive Act Passed in House, Last Call for Tobin and Defender Award Nominations, Last Chance for IWLA Scholarships     
  • Conservation Currents February 2015 IN THIS ISSUE: 2015 National Convention: Ready for the Mount Rushmore State, New IWLA Energy Program Director, Clean Water Rule Subject of Critical Hearing in Congress, Keystone Pipeline Approved by Senate, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness Proposed, Sturgeon Offer Small Sign of Missouri River Improvement, Marching Closer to Award Deadlines, IWLA National Scholarship Supports Conservation Education     
  • Conservation Currents January 2015 IN THIS ISSUE: National Convention in South Dakota: Great Faces, Great Places, Rally for Farm Bill Rules, Virginia is for Lovers ... of Streams!, Nationwide Coal Ash Rule Released, Year-End Bill Funds Federal Government - and Does a Whole Lot More, League Supports Missouri River Management Plan, Increased Duck Stamp Fee To Boost Conservation, National Awards Nominations Now Open, IWLA National Scholarship Deadline: April 1     
  • Conservation Currents December 2014 IN THIS ISSUE: Giving Back on #GivingTuesday, Holiday Shopping with the League, New Tools for Stream Monitors, Ten Tips for an Earth-Friendly Holiday     
  • Conservation Currents November 2014 IN THIS ISSUE: Last Chance to Comment on Clean Water Rule, Start Your Holiday Shopping with the League, Your Input Needed on Missouri River Operating Plan, Diligence Required to Preserve Farm Bill Victories, Thanksgiving: More Than a Holiday, New Web Resource for Virginia Stream Monitors     
  • Conservation Currents October 2014 IN THIS ISSUE: Start Your Holiday Shopping With the League, League Members Offer New Convention Ideas, New Community Toolkit Helps Get Kids Outdoors, Family Adventures in Nature Club (Gaithersburg, MD): October 19, Creek Freaks Workshop (Elgin, IL): November 1-2, State and Federal Agencies Poison Lake to Fight Invasive Species     
  • Conservation Currents September 2014 IN THIS ISSUE: Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Opportunities; Ready, Set, Row!; New Youth Activities Online; Download Outdoor America Magazine; Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day     
  • Conservation Currents July/August 2014 IN THIS ISSUE: 2014 National Convention a Great Success, Ensuring USDA "Listens" to the League on Wetlands, League Works with Homeowners to Protect Chesapeake Bay, At the OARs on the Mississippi River, Ikes in the News     

Conservation Policies


  • About Us The Izaak Walton League of America works at the local, regional, and national levels to advocate for sensible solutions to the most pressing challenges facing America’s natural resources.     
  • Advancing Renewable Energy To reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil and better protect the environment, the League works to identify and promote new sources of renewable energy that are on the cutting edge of current technology.     
  • Agriculture The League advocates for farming practices that sustain both natural resources and people.     
  • Cleaning the Air The League's recent work focused on cleaning up coal-fired power plants—a major source of air pollutants that contribute to smog, acid rain, mercury pollution, and global warming.     
  • Clean Water Clean water is essential to life, yet 40 percent of the nation’s assessed streams, lakes, and estuaries are not clean enough to support fishing and swimming. And those numbers reflect fewer than 20 percent of America’s waterways—the other 80 percent are not even monitored. To members of the Izaak Walton League, this is simply unacceptable. That’s why we are committed to improving the health of America’s waterways through local action and national advocacy.     
  • Conserving Farmland More than half of America’s land is used for agriculture. It’s critical that these lands, which provide food for our tables and habitat for wildlife, are managed in a way that balances production with conservation.     
  • Conserving Wetlands Wetlands provide habitat for countless birds, amphibians, fish, insects, and other species. They also act as natural filters, cleansing pollutants from runoff. Protecting wetlands is vital to safeguarding clean water.     
  • Energy How we obtain and use energy has far-reaching implications for human health, fish and wildlife, and the Earth’s climate. The Izaak Walton League works to reduce emissions of harmful air pollutants, prevent global warming, promote energy efficiency, and foster the use of renewable energy.     
  • Managing the Missouri River Manmade changes of the Missouri River’s natural flows for navigation have degraded habitat for fish and wildlife. Agricultural pollution is also a threat. The League is working to restore and protect the river for future generations.     
  • Managing the Upper Mississippi River The Upper Mississippi River is one of the most complex ecosystems on Earth. The Izaak Walton League led the fight to create the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in 1924. Today, our efforts focus on reforming the river’s lock-and-dam navigation system and reducing polluted runoff from farms.     
  • Monitoring and Restoring Streams The League has trained thousands of citizen stream monitors and empowered them to achieve watershed conservation and restoration goals using their monitoring data.     
  • Outdoor Ethics/Shooting Sports The Izaak Walton League inspires outdoor enthusiasts to take personal responsibility for protecting the outdoors and conserving fish and wildlife for future generations.     
  • Promoting Energy Efficiency For almost two decades, the League has worked to lay the building blocks for a more energy efficient economy. Working with citizen activists, government decision makers, and utilities, we craft solutions that make economic sense and protect our environment.     
  • Stopping the Spread of Invasive Species Invasive species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian milfoil have infested America’s waterways, crowding out native species and causing billions of dollars in damage to marinas, recreational fisheries, and other facilities. The League is working to stop the spread of invasive species by educating recreationists and advocating for better regulation of ballast water.     

Fish & Wildlife

  • Battling for Survival America’s bats are losing the battle against White Nose Syndrome. What does that mean for our future?     
  • Bringing Back the Bobwhite The trademark mating whistle of “bob-bob-white” was once commonly heard across 38 states — from Nebraska to Texas, Pennsylvania to Florida, and the states in-between. Today, almost an entire generation of Americans has grown up without hearing the call. What happened to the bobwhites?     
  • Hunting for Hunters The League is setting its sights on recruiting new hunters — to conserve outdoor America and benefit the economy.     
  • Restoring America's River: Using the Water Resources Act To Mend the Upper Mississippi River Structures built to facilitate barge navigation on the Mississippi River significantly damaged river ecosystems. In this report, the Nicollet Island Coalition shows how existing federal programs can be used to restore the river and create diverse local economies while maintaining the river's role in America's transportation system.     
  • Seeds of Destruction The spread of invasive plants threatens wildlife. As hunters, we need to become part of the solution – instead of part of the problem.     
  • To Bee or Not To Bee (PDF) Honey bee numbers are in drastic decline. What does that mean for the future of American agriculture? And what can you do to help?     
  • Wildlife for the 21st Century (Volume IV) The League and dozens of the nation’s leading hunting, angling, and conservation groups have joined together to make recommendations to President Obama and national policymakers to strengthen conservation, management of fish, wildlife, and habitat, and access to public lands and waters. The recommendations in Wildlife for the 21st Century address a range of issues important to tens of millions of Americans who hunt, fish, and enjoy outdoor recreation. The recommendations also reflect some of the League’s top policy priorities, including restoring Clean Water Act protections to streams and wetlands and ensuring the Farm Bill continues to fund habitat conservation on private lands.     


  • How To: Build a Bat Box (Appropriate for All Ages w/ Supervision) More than half the bat species in the United States are declining or already listed as endangered, mostly because of habitat loss. Not only do bats help control insect populations (a single bat can eat up to 2,000 mosquitoes in one night), they also pollinate plants and disperse seeds. You can help conserve bat populations by building a “bat box.”     
  • How To: Build a Bee House (Appropriate for All Ages w/ Supervision) Honey bees may be getting all the press, but they’re not the only pollinators in town. The United States is home to almost 4,000 native bee species (honey bees are non-natives brought here from Europe). One way you can help protect pollinators is to build a home for them.     
  • How To: Build a Bird Feeder with Recycled Materials (Appropriate for All Ages) Bird feeders—and bird watching—are a great way to involve youth in wildlife conservation. Using an old milk carton or juice bottle for construction offers additional eco-benefits.     
  • How To: Build Nets to Catch and Preserve Stream Insects Armed with just a net and a field guide, you can collect insects from your local stream and use them to determine water quality. Learn how to build a net best suited to your type of stream and how to preserve the insects you find there for identification and education.     
  • How To: Plan a Pollinator Garden (Appropriate for All Ages) Restoring wildlife habitat is a priority for many League chapters. From planting cover and food plots to cleaning up water resources, Ikes are working to restore native habitat for game and non-game species alike. One important group that may not be on your list: Pollinators.     
  • How To: Recycle a Christmas Tree For those of you who celebrate the holidays with a blue spruce or Douglas fir, the fresh smell of pine today will be replaced by dry, dead branches and lots of pine needles in January. But that tree isn't done yet! There are plenty of uses for it around your home and neighborhood.     
  • How To: Build a Model Watershed (Appropriate for All Ages) It's a simple matter of gravity: Water runs downhill. This model watershed demonstrates how water picks up sediment and pollutants as it flows—and that simple measures can reduce the amount of polluted runoff that ends up in your watershed. This is a good project for talking with school children about water pollution and what they can do to prevent it.     
  • How To: Vermicompost (Worm Compost) (Appropriate for All Ages) Vermicomposting is the process of recycling food waste by feeding it to worms. Because a worm will eat its weight in table scraps, vermicomposting is a triple win: You recycle waste, produce organic fertilizer for house and garden plants, and raise worms you can use for fishing.     
  • How To: Collect and Plant Nuts (Appropriate for All Ages) With autumn comes an abundance of acorns, walnuts, and other nuts strewn across the ground. These native seeds can be collected and put to good use. They can be planted in areas where more trees are needed or be raised as seedlings for local conservation projects.     
  • How To: Build a Wood Duck Box (Appropriate for Teens/Adults) Most waterfowl nest on the ground, but wood ducks prefer depositing their eggs in the holes of mature trees -- which means the ducks lose their nesting sites whenever forests are cleared. America’s wood duck population has dropped significantly over the last century. Fortunately, wood ducks readily adapt to nest boxes.     
  • How To: Build a Vernal Pond (Appropriate for Adults) A vernal pond is a pretty sight, but it's even more delightful to hear: A chorus of song emerges from this type of wetland, thanks to the frogs and other creatures it attracts. These ponds provide wildlife habitat, attract mosquito-eating critters, reduce runoff, and serve as teaching tools.     
  • How To: Build a Rain Garden (Appropriate for All Ages) Stormwater runoff is a leading cause of pollution in our streams and lakes. Driveways, roads, and parking lots block water from draining into the ground. Lawns are not much better, unless they have a place where the water can go. Enter the rain garden. It can fill your backyard or be as small as a baby pool. It can beautify your home and invite birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects, including those that eat mosquitoes.     
  • How To: Build a Rain Barrel (Appropriate for Adults) The average American family uses 120 gallons of water each day for outdoor use, much of it for watering lawns and gardens. One way you can help ease the strain on reservoirs and wells is to build a rain barrel—a container that’s hooked up to a downspout to collect and recycle rainwater. You’ll even reduce your water bill and the runoff entering local storm drains.     
  • How To: Build a Fish Crib (Appropriate for All Ages) Discarded PVC pipes can be used to build “fish cribs”—places where bass, bluegills, and other lake species can hide, feed, and reproduce, making for better fishing and aquatic health. Any discarded plastic materials that can create a solid structure could be used, so be creative.     
  • How To: Build a Bug Aquarium (Appropriate for All Ages w/ Supervision) Bugs are a key indicator of a stream’s water quality. Teaching people about stream health means showing them how to identify macroinvertebrates. So whether you’re setting up an educational booth or talking to a group of first-time stream monitors, it helps to have a working aquarium that can showcase living critters such as mayfly and caddisfly nymphs.     
  • How To: Build a 3-Bin Composter (Appropriate for Teens/Adults) Whether you have an abundance of leaves and lawn clippings or want to keep table scraps out of the landfill, you can easily turn waste into useful compost—and help the environment in the process.     

Ikes On Target


  • IWLA Chapter Manual This manual provides you with basic information about the Izaak Walton League and our network of local chapters. It is divided into six major parts, called units, that emphasize important points proven to be valuable in operating a local chapter of the League.     

Outdoor America

  • Outdoor America Spring 2015 (Issue 2) IN THIS ISSUE: IWLA National Convention Preview* Like No Other Place: The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation * Chemotherapy for Island Wildlife: Saving native ecosystems from alien invasion * Last Word: Regulating for Drinking Water Protection in Iowa’s Agricultural Watersheds     
  • Outdoor America Winter 2015 (Issue 1) IN THIS ISSUE: Franken-Deer: Genetically manipulated animals and canned hunts threaten North American hunting * Becoming a Locavore: Your backyard can nourish your family -- and your community * Policy Pulse: League conservation policies old and new have recently gotten some unexpected attention     
  • Outdoor America Fall 2014 (Issue 4) IN THIS ISSUE: The Problem with Pigs: The spread of feral swine threatens agriculture, wildlife, and human health * 2014 Convention Recap * National Award Winners * Holiday Shopping Guide     
  • Outdoor America Summer 2014 (Issue 3) IN THIS ISSUE: IWLA Strategic Plan and Youth: How League chapters are reaching youth – and what they need for the future * Save Our Streams: With a few simple steps, you can help solve America’s water quality problems * 50 Years of Wilderness: Celebrating America’s love affair with wild places     
  • Outdoor America Spring 2014 (Issue 2) IN THIS ISSUE: Conservation Cohorts: The Ikes and Outdoor Writers * 2014 Convention Preview: Speakers, workshops, registration – plus a special preview from our keynote speaker * The Hunger Games Effect: How media propels youth into the outdoors (or not)     
  • Outdoor America Winter 2014 (Issue 1) IN THIS ISSUE: IWLA Strategic Plan 2014-2019: Setting goals and planning for change * They Know You’re Coming : A hunter’s stealthy approach may actually set off wildlife alarm bells * Disappearing Native: The Brook Trout -- Catching a brookie is a rare experience today,but that can change     
  • Outdoor America Fall 2013 (Issue 4) IN THIS ISSUE: Theodore Roosevelt and the Hunt That Changed America * The State – and Fate – of Prairie * Youth Activity: Stream Creature Construction * The Kankakee River and Its Lost Marsh * A Shot Too Far? * Conservation in Controversial Times     
  • Outdoor America Summer 2013 (Issue 3) IN THIS ISSUE: IWLA Strategic Plan Approved: Chapter delegates unanimously approved a new, five-year strategic plan * 2013 National Convention: “Conservation for Tomorrow” was a fitting theme * Bringing Back the Bobwhite: Almost an entire generation has grown up without hearing the call of the bobwhite * Hunting for Outdoor Space: Thanks to federal conservation programs, we can hunt — and more — on public lands     
  • Outdoor America Spring 2013 (Issue 2) IN THIS ISSUE: Classic Fishing Lures That Have Stood the Test of Time: Designs so successful that they are as popular today as when they were introduced * Restoring America’s River : To save the Mississippi River, we must reexamine our approach to river management * 2013 IWLA National Convention Preview     
  • Outdoor America Winter 2013 (Issue 1) IN THIS ISSUE: Today's Conservation Challenges: The League's 2013 action plan to meet new and long-term conservation challenges * Waterfowl Winners and Losers: Conservation has succeeded for some species, but our work is far from done * 9 Ways the Farm Bill Affects Every American     
  • Outdoor America Fall 2012 (Issue 4) IN THIS ISSUE: The Clean Water Act: 40 Years of Progress in Peril * The Question All Ikes Should Ask: Would you like to go hunting with me?     
  • Outdoor America Summer 2012 (Issue 3) IN THIS ISSUE: 90 Years of Conservation Success: From the Fast-Moving 50s to the Sensible 60s * Green Farms, Clean Rivers * 2012 National Convention: A Time To Celebrate     
  • Outdoor America Spring 2012 (Issue 2) IN THIS ISSUE: 90 Years of Conservation Success: From the Jazz Age to a World War II * The 2012 Farm Bill: Conserving America’s Future * Nature Playscapes: Bringing the “Wild” Back to the Child * 2012 IWLA National Convention Preview     
  • Outdoor America Winter 2012 (Issue 1) IN THIS ISSUE: Time To Call a Halt, by Emerson Hough (August 1922) * Waltonians, by Will H. Dilg (October 1924) * 90 Years of Conservation Success/The Roaring 20s: A Call to Action * Eat Locally: Local Farms Benefit Local Wildlife and Economies     
  • Outdoor America Fall 2011 (Issue 4) IN THIS ISSUE: Seeds of Destruction: Hunters can help stop the spread of invasive species * Fishing for Answers: The Susquehanna River is losing its smallmouth bass population * The World at 7 Billion: Is it possible to protect the wild places we love in an ever-growing world? * League Lines * And much more....     
  • Outdoor America Summer 2011 (Issue 3) IN THIS ISSUE: Hunting for Hunters: The League is setting its sights on recruiting new hunters -- to conserve outdoor America and benefit the economy * 2011 National Convention Highlights: From award-winning Ikes to outstanding conservation speakers, get the scoop on this year's convention in Des Moines * It's Easy Being "Green": You can live a healthier life and promote your love of the outdoors with five simple steps     
  • Outdoor America Spring 2011 (Issue 2) IN THIS ISSUE: Trade Wars: Will nutrient trading save or spoil our streams? * Easing Into Conservation: Conservation easements provide a win-win for landowners * Damaged Delta: Manmade changes to the Mississippi River are sinking coastal wetlands.     
  • Outdoor America Winter 2011 (Issue 1) IN THIS ISSUE: Battling for Survival: America's bats are losing the battle against White Nose Syndrome; Casting for Recovery: Program brings breast cancer survivors together; Shooting for Membership Growth: Using shooting sports to grow chapter membership; Getting Utilities to Work for Their Customers: Energy efficiency and conservation don't have to be at odds.     
  • Outdoor America Fall 2010 (Issue 4) In This Issue: "The Terrible Ten": Ten of the most destructive invasive species and how to slow their spread; "Crop Mob: Will Work for Food": Volunteers can help sustain family farms and the environment; "Turning Up the Water Pressure": How population growth is straining the world's most vital resource     
  • Outdoor America Summer 2010 (Issue 3) In This Issue: To Bee or Not To Bee (Our Pollinators in Peril) * Geocaching Gets Families Into the Great Outdoors * 2010 IWLA National Convention Wrapup * BP, Gulf Wetlands, and You     
  • Outdoor America Spring 2010 (Issue 2) In This Issue: "Asian Carp: A Hungry Invader Eating Its Way to the Great Lakes"; "Will We Sacrifice Our Water for Gas?" (Marcellus shale); 2010 National Convention Preview: "Preserving America's Wilderness"     
  • Outdoor America Winter 2010 (Issue 1) In this issue: "Clean Water at a Crossroads," National Wildlife Refuge System -- recreation opportunities and funding challenges, and "The Mighty Mississippi: All Locked Up." Other topics include keeping green energy "green" and the trend toward leasing land for huting and fishing.     

Outdoor Ethics


  • It’s Easy Being Green You can live a healthier life and promote your love of the outdoors with five simple steps.     
  • The World at 7 Billion Is it possible to protect the natural systems that sustain us, and the wild places we love, in an ever-growing world?     

Wilderness and Public Lands

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