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  • Cattails in the snow - credit Paul Lepisto

    News from the Missouri River Initiative: January 2023

    01/31/2023
    This month on the Missouri River: Minnesota considers an energy project on Lake Francis Case, the League's South Dakota Division calls for more action on aquatic invasive species, and we share the fishing forecast for lakes Oahe and Sharpe. Full story
  • Leftover road salt - credit Michael Reinemer

    Striving for Incremental Change: Salt Watch and Social Marketing

    01/23/2023
    The Izaak Walton League's Salt Watch program tackles ambitious goals by taking small steps. Our Abby Hileman breaks down effective strategies for creating change that lasts. Full story
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    What Is Nitrate Pollution?

    01/11/2023
    Nitrate is a necessary nutrient for plants – but artificial fertilizers have put way too much of it into the environment. Now excess nitrate is contaminating our drinking water and threatening our health. The Izaak Walton League has solutions to this growing problem. Full story
  • Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Salt Watch volunteer

    I Didn't Know Road Salt Was a Problem. Then I Discovered Salt Watch.

    01/04/2023
    "To be honest, I didn’t even think about road salt being a source of pollution in streams until I got involved with Salt Watch in 2019." Just a few years later, Amy Ulland is a superstar Salt Watcher leading a team of 40 volunteers. Full story
  • Ice on the Missouri River - credit Paul Lepisto

    News from the Missouri River Initiative: December 2022

    12/30/2022
    This month on the Missouri River: the Corps of Engineers tackles sediment management, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources works on water quality improvement, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission focuses on hunter recruitment. Full story
  • GT Thompson

    Here's How the New Congress Will Affect Agriculture Conservation

    12/27/2022
    Big shakeups are coming to the House and Senate Agriculture Committees as Congress prepares to write a new Farm Bill. We break down what's happening and what it means for programs that impact our food, water, communities and climate. Full story
  • PFAS pollution in Iowa

    Forever Chemicals in Drinking Water: An Emerging Health Threat

    12/14/2022
    Forever chemicals, also known as PFAS (for "per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances"), are considered dangerous because they have potentially harmful health effects – like thyroid disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, reduced immune response, and cancer. Now these substances are turning up in living animals, in food, and in human blood… and cities are not moving fast enough to address the problem. Full story
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    Five Tips for Effective Social Media

    12/07/2022
    Social media is an incredibly powerful tool that every person, organization, and Izaak Walton League chapter can use for event promotion and community building. Any organization that doesn’t have a presence on social media is missing out on valuable (and free) visibility. Here are five tips for making the most of your social media. Full story
  • Sun on the Missouri River - credit Paul Lepisto

    News from the Missouri River Initiative: November 2022

    11/30/2022
    This month on the Missouri River: shortages of water and money impede restoration efforts, improvements to angler access move forward, and the League's South Dakota Division celebrates habitat heroes. Full story
  • Mardy and Olaus Murie - credit USFWS

    Iconic Ikes: Mardy Murie

    11/17/2022
    The Izaak Walton League's first century of conservation success was carried forward by committed heroes working together to defend America's natural resources. During our centennial celebrations, we're sharing their stories. Fourth in our series of iconic Ikes: Mardy Murie, an explorer and champion of America's wildest places. Full story