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    Swampbuster Key To Protecting Rural Wetlands

    05/29/2018
    Wetlands provide habitat for fish and wildlife, filter nutrients and other pollutants running off farm fields, slow down flood waters, and recharge groundwater. Recent proposals in Congress to weaken the Swampbuster provision in the Farm Bill could result in the loss of millions of acres of wetlands – and the many valuable benefits they provide. 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
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    How To Pick a Stream Monitoring Site

    05/02/2018
    At a recent water event, someone asked me an intriguing question: “How do I pick my stream monitoring site?” Protecting the environment should not mean we simply react to each crisis as it comes up. We need to be proactive in monitoring stream health. Full story
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    House Agriculture Committee Advances Farm Bill

    04/20/2018
    On April 18, the House Agriculture Committee voted to advance its version of a 2018 Farm Bill. The bill is a mixed bag when it comes to IWLA water and wildlife conservation priorities. Full story
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    Don’t Get Tangled Up in Fishing Line Litter

    04/19/2018
    Fishing line can cause major problems for wildlife if it is not disposed of correctly. (Monofilament fishing line in particular is made to last: it takes roughly 600 years to decompose!) Monofilament recycling stations are easy to build and provide a place for fisherman to throw away used fishing line. Full story
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    Restoring Our Rivers

    04/06/2018
    All across America, rivers, lakes, and wetlands suffer from the runoff of fertilizers, pesticides, and manure. And downstream communities have to deal with the pollution to provide safe, clean drinking water. Full story
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    Baseline Data: Protect local streams by testing them regularly

    04/04/2018
    Baseline data on water quality helps us track changes in stream health over time. Essentially, you can’t know if water quality has changed – for better or worse – without a starting point. Full story
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    Why Worms Matter

    03/29/2018
    American farms lose 6 pounds of soil for every pound of food produced. The health of our soil is critical to our future food supply and to the health of our rivers, lakes, and wetlands. The 2018 Farm Bill needs to ensure that farmers, ranchers, and communities have the tools they need to restore soil health and protect water quality. Full story
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