Today's Conservation Challenges: What the League is working to achieve
Every two years, a new Congress is sworn in. Every two years, the Izaak Walton League sets an agenda for conservation challenges that require action at the national and state levels – and works with our members across the country to achieve the goals we set. Some of these goals are new. Some are ongoing. All require persistence and a collaborative approach. The League’s public policy priorities through 2014 include:
- Reconnect conservation standards with crop insurance premium subsidies.
- Implement a nationwide Sodsaver program to protect prairie and grasslands.
- Limit cuts to Farm Bill conservation programs that conserve wetlands, grasslands, and wildlife habitat.
- Ensure new wetland determination rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture do not weaken wetland protections.
- Expand the geographic scope of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration–Environmental Management Program.
- Halt efforts to limit long-range planning and scientific assessment needed to manage and restore the Missouri River.
- Protect taxpayers from fiscally irresponsible barge industry navigation proposals.
- Ensure the approval process for Corps of Engineers infrastructure projects balances economic, environmental, and other factors.
- Update and strengthen regulations that define the waters covered by the Clean Water Act to restore protections lost since 2001.
- Modernize energy policies in Minnesota – which can serve as models for the rest of the country – to support more widespread development of small-scale solar and wind projects.
We need your help to reach these goals! The sportsmen and women who made the League a national force to be reckoned with understood one critical fact: Members of Congress are elected leaders who respond most readily to the people who elected them (or could re-elect them!). You can make a difference with a few simple steps.