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    New Congress Organizes To Implement Farm Bill

    ​The new Congress convened on January 3rd. House committees will see more leadership changes and more new faces than will Senate committees. As Agriculture and Appropriations Committees work to implement the new Farm Bill and fund Farm Bill programs, we need you to tell your members of Congress that conservation should be a priority. Full story
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    Sportsmen and Women Know Prairie Potholes Too

    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

    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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    New Farm Bill Will Aid Wetland Conservation

    ​The newest five-year Farm Bill, passed by Congress in December 2018, provides some important wins for wetlands – and for the people, fish, and wildlife that depend on wetlands. Full story
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    What Happens to Stream Life When the Temperatures Drop?

    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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    New Farm Bill's Impact on Native Prairie

    The U.S. has lost millions of acres of native prairie over the past decade, making native prairie one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. While there is some good news for prairie and other grasslands in the new Farm Bill, the new law also represents lost opportunities to better protect these valuable resources. Full story
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    Defend Clean Water

    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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    New Farm Bill's Impact on Wildlife

    Congress approved a new Farm Bill that provides full funding for conservation programs that help farmers put in place conservation systems that address soil, water, and wildlife needs in rural areas. Although the League didn’t get all we asked for, there are some clear wins for wildlife. Full story
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    New Report: Leveraging Conservation Dollars Benefits Water, Wildlife, and Soil

    A new report from the Izaak Walton League of America highlights the benefits for our natural resources – and American taxpayers – of better leveraging conservation funding to promote five conservation practices now in use on less than one-third of America’s farms and ranches. Full story
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    Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists

    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