Recent Conservation Activities
   

Recent Conservation Activities

Some of our most recent actions include:
  • 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.
  • 9/20-9/21/14 – 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.
  • 9/5/14 –  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.
  • 8/27/14 – Paul Lepisto sent letter to Amanda Ciurej, Biological Science Technician, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with comments on Draft Missouri River Structure Modification Environmental Assessment.
  • 8/18/14 –  Paul Lepisto wrote to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CENWO-PM-AC Matthew Vandenberg with comments on the Middle Decatur Bend Shallow Water Habitat Construction Project.
  • 7/30/14 –  Sent letter of support for S.1554: The Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, along with other hunting and angling organizations. HUNT would allocate 1.5% of the Land And Water Conservation Fund to securing public access to public lands.
  • 7/28/14 –  As part of the Everglades Coalition, submitted comments to the Natural Resources Conservation Service on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the 34,000 acre Fisheating Creek Wetland Reserve Program in Highland County, FL, the largest contiguous wetland reserve project in US history. We urged NRCS to maximize acres restored; invest more per acre; and fully restore the 4,600 acre Grassy Slough.
  • 7/25/14 – Completed five demonstration videos of Creek Freaks lessons to be used as training tools for educators.  IWLA summer intern, Natalya Ares, was instrumental in the filming and editing of these videos.  The videos can be found on the Creek Freaks YouTube channel. 
  • 7/22/14 – Submitted comments in support of the “Clean Water Rule” restoring Clean Water Act protections to headwater streams and wetlands to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of America’s Great Water’s Coalition.
  • 7/21/14 –  Submitted a letter of support on the US Forest Service’s new directive protecting groundwater on national forests.
  • 7/15/14 – IWLA co-hosted with NWF, TRCP, and TU a luncheon briefing “Hunting and Angling Benefits of Restoring the Clean Water Act” in the U.S. Capitol.
  • 7/13/14 – League staff participated in a youth stream monitoring event hosted by the IWLA Rockville Chapter.  Staff assisted with demonstrating proper monitoring techniques and macroinvertebrate identification.  18 youth participated in this event.
  • 7/9/14 – Paul Lepisto participated in the annual Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean Up with over 70 volunteers, collecting several tons of trash, co-sponsored by the Pierre Ikes.
  • 7/8/14 – Co-signed letter with TRCP, NWF, and TU to President Obama commending him for recent statements in support of Clean Water Act.
  • 7/7/14 – Co-signed letter to Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus members expressing appreciation for the Senate’s strong bipartisan approach to developing the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S.2363).
To read about older activities, please see Recent Conservation Activities (PDF).
 
 
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