Clean Water Corner

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    The Trickledown Effect: How government shutdowns affect Chesapeake Bay health

    02/14/2019
    With another government shutdown looming at the end of this week, it’s important to reflect on ways the earlier shutdown affected the Chesapeake Bay and water quality throughout the country. Full story
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    Sportsmen and Women Know Prairie Potholes Too

    01/15/2019
    President Trump gave a speech in which he said he doesn't know what a prairie pothole is but "it sounds bad.” What sounds bad is the president yanking away wetland protections with no understanding of the irreplaceable role wetlands play in the lives of every American. Full story
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    Road Salt and Stream Health

    01/07/2019
    As the days get colder, many of us might think it’s time to put stream monitoring on hold until spring. But there is still work to be done! Each season presents specific threats to stream health. In winter, road salt can cause serious damage to water quality. That's why the League created the Winter Salt Watch campaign – to help volunteers measure salt levels in local streams and alert local agencies when they spot a problem. Full story
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    What Happens to Stream Life When the Temperatures Drop?

    01/02/2019
    Most aquatic macroinvertebrates (which are indicators of stream health) live in your local streams throughout the winter. How do they stay alive? Full story
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    Defend Clean Water

    12/19/2018
    EPA unveiled a proposal to determine which streams will be protected from pollution by the Clean Water Act. Streams that will no longer be protected flow right into our rivers, lakes, and drinking water supplies. We need your help to tell the story of these streams and show EPA how important they are to communities across the country. Full story
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    Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists

    12/04/2018
    The League is working with Trout Unlimited and the American Fisheries Society to engage high-school students in natural resource conservation. It's a great opportunity to inspire the next generation of conservationists. Full story
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    Get Ready To Defend Clean Water

    11/09/2018
    EPA and the Corps of Engineers are preparing to unveil a proposed regulation limiting the waters protected by the Clean Water Act – a fundamental weakening of clean water protections that have safeguarded our streams, rivers, and wetlands since the 1970s. The good news is that YOU can speak up for clean water and tell these agencies NOT to adopt this terrible regulation. Full story
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    Get the Lead Out of Our Water

    05/23/2018
    Historians and scientists have hypothesized that lead-contaminated drinking water caused the fall of the Roman Empire. Water treatment plants today are engineered to avoid the same fate. How well are they working? Ask the residents of Flint, Michigan. Full story
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    Spring “Surge” in Stream Monitor Trainings

    05/16/2018
    Because we have a big goal of monitoring 100,000 more stream sites, we also have a big goal of training 250 new stream monitors – and that’s just this spring! Full story
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    Is that My Bug? The League’s Aqua Bugs App Simplifies Stream Monitoring.

    05/09/2018
    There are many ways to measure water quality in local streams. Here at the Izaak Walton League, we’ve found that sampling aquatic macroinvertebrates (aka “stream bugs”) is an inexpensive and accurate test of stream health – one that any citizen scientist can tackle. Full story