Recent Conservation Activities
   

Recent Conservation Activities

Some of our most recent actions include:
  • 11/26/14 – Produced recorded webinars detailing macroinvertebrate identification for use with Save Our Streams and Virginia Save Our Streams protocols, as well as a webinar on data entry and retrieval using the Virginia Save Our Streams database. These webinars are available on the League's Web site, the Virginia Save Our Streams Web site, and on the League's YouTube channel.
  • 11/21/14 – Presented a session on Creek Freaks and posters on Virginia Save Our Streams and on Lands Green Waters Clean at the Maryland Water Monitoring Council Symposium. The League's participation in this event resulted in several important contacts, including two potential new Creek Freaks program leader trainings and an article on Creek Freaks in the Environmental Monitor.  
  • 11/20/14 – Co-signed support letter to Senate Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus for inclusion of permanent enhanced conservation tax incentives in any tax extenders legislation considered in the remainder of the 113th Congress. Other signers: Boone and Crockett Club, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, Mule Deer Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Safari Club International. 
  • 10/31/14 – Signed support letter as part of the Choose Clean Water Coalition for Docket no. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880 "Waters of the United States Rule."
  • 10/24/14 – Launched new Virginia Save Our Streams website with new content, blog and calendar features, updated data forms and instructions, and very user-friendly interface. Site is available at www.vasos.org.
  • 10/15/14 – Submitted comments to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission opposing TransCanada's reapplication for a construction permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline until all environmental reviews protecting public and environmental healthy have been completed; fail-safe provisions such as double walls have been installed; and provisions for penalties and reparations for damages established.
  • 10/15/14 – Commented on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' (DNR's) 3-year review of the state's Water Quality Standards and Goals urging standards for nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the state's lakes that results in dangerous algae blooms.
  • 9/27-9/28/14 – Members of the Iowa Division worked a booth at the 6th Annual Iowa Outdoor Expo in Des Moines. People built over 500 birdfeeders and League information was distributed to the thousands of people who attended.
  • 9/25/14  –  Represented the League's Save Our Streams, Creek Freaks, and Virginia Save Our Streams volunteer monitoring programs at regional Chesapeake Bay wide meeting of approximately 75 local government staff and elected officials, presenting the League's programs as a viable and cost-effective option to increase water quality monitoring data available at the local level.
  • 9/20-9/21/14 – League members and Paul Lepisto hosted a booth at the 10th Annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park near Ponce, NE, which attracted over 45,000 people and is one of the largest outdoor expos in the upper Midwest. People built over 725 birdfeeders and members handed out information on the League and talked about the Missouri River and other conservation issues.
  • 9/11/14  – Presented information about the League's involvement in Chesapeake Bay advocacy and on the League's strategic plan to approximately 30 members of the League's Harford County Chapter.
  • 9/10/14; 9/23/14; 10/22/14  – Filmed Virginia Save Our Streams and IWLA Save Our Streams rocky bottom and muddy bottom biological monitoring methods for the development of a series of training videos for volunteer water quality monitors. The two Virginia Save Our Streams videos will be complete in early 2015.
  • 9/5/14 –  Co-signed letter, along with Florida Division and other organizations, to USEPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy supporting Clean Water Rule.
  • 9/2/14  – Completed a series of 12 environmental education modules based on the Creek Freaks curriculum, updated addendum to the curriculum, and Mississippi River extension activities as well as a series of modules based on the Izaak Walton League Youth Manual. These modules are posted on the Adventure: Mississippi River website through our partnership with OAR Northwest and are being promoted to teachers participating in the adventure trip by following their activities online and/or through field trips with the adventure crew. The League will later modify these modules and make them available on the Creek Freaks website for ease of use by Creek Freaks program leaders interested in focusing in on one activity.
  • 9/2/14 – 19 sportsmen’s groups presented a report “The Land and Water Conservation Fund and America’s sportsmen and women: A 50-year legacy of increased access and improved habitat” to Congress on the eve of the LWCF’s 50th anniversary. It features a series of state-based case studies that profile places and people across that country that have benefited as a result of LWCF funding. Report advocates fully funding the LWCF.
To read about older activities, please see Recent Conservation Activities (PDF).
 
 
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