Recent Conservation Activities
   

Recent Conservation Activities

Some of our most recent actions include:
  • 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).
  • 6/28/14 – League staff participated in a community education event with the Muddy Branch Alliance at Lake Sheila in Lakelands, MD.  League staff educated attendees about macroinvertebrates and wildlife surrounding the lake. 
  • 6/25/14 – League staff participated in the Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK) event for Great Outdoor America Week at Bladensburg Park, MD.  Taught youth about macroinvertebrates, their adaptations, and their ability to indicate water quality through a “Make your own Macro” craft and using preserved specimens.
  • 6/19/14 – Co-signed letter to Senators Rockefeller and Thune to express strong opposition to the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2014 (S.2094).
  • 6/19/14 – Scott Kovarovics, IWLA Executive Director, testified before the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry at the Longworth HOB at a public hearing “A review of the Interpretive Rule regarding the applicability of Clean Water Act agricultural exemptions.”
  • 6/18/14 – Scott Kovarovics, IWLA Executive Director, participated in a call with reporters, with NWF, TRCP, and TU, to urge the U.S. Senate to reject a potential Senate rider that would undermine the Clean Water Rule.  Quote by Scott: “Nothing could be more counterproductive than short-circuiting the public process now underway to restore Clean Water Act protections to streams and wetlands. Prohibiting the Army Corps and EPA from moving forward with a commonsense solution won’t protect drinking water or wildlife habitat. Blocking action only locks in the confusing, uncertain and damaging status quo.”
  • 6/18/14 – Represented the League at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council 2014 conference entitled Exploring Emerging Water Issues, hosted in Henrico, VA. 
  • 6/16/14 – Co-signed letter with NWF, TRCP, and TU to Chair & Ranking Member of Senate Appropriations Committee and Chair and Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development to strongly support the US Army Corps’ and EPA’s proposal to clarify and restore CWA protections for headwater streams and wetlands.
  • 6/11/14 – Co-signed letter to members of House and Senate Subcommittees on Agriculture Appropriations (with a cc to whole House of Representatives) to thank them for including additional funding for rental payments in the USDA’s Conservation Operations budget for FY15 and to urge them to oppose cuts to mandatory funding for Farm Bill agricultural conservation programs.
  • 6/10/14 – Conducted a Creek Freaks workshop at the Cosumnes River Preserve in Galt, CA.  Engaged our partners from BLM, and the local school district in the event.  League staff wrote a blog post entitled “Birds, Bats, and Bugs” detailing the unique events of this workshop.
  • 6/7/14 – Conducted a Creek Freaks workshop at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Whitewater Preserve near Palm Springs, CA.  Engaged with our partners from BLM and local educators to provide them with Creek Freaks lessons and resources. A write up of this workshop was featured by BLM on their social media outlets.
  • 6/6/14 – 6/8/14 – Paul Lepisto participated in 3rd Annual South Dakota Kids Fishing Weekend, which hosted over 250 kids.
  • 6/3/14 – Co-signed letter to U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development asking them to oppose any legislation that would block action to clarify and restore Clean Water Act protections.
  • 6/3/14 – Co-signed letter to U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development asking them to oppose any legislation that would block action to clarify and restore Clean Water Act protections.
To read about older activities, please see Recent Conservation Activities (PDF).
 
 
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