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    Going Off Road: What Happens to Wildlife When Salt Escapes Into the Environment?

    03/03/2023
    Road salt is highly effective at helping humans travel more safely in the winter. But it can also cause animals to stop dead in their tracks – literally. We explain what you can do in your own driveway to prevent the harmful side effects of salt from cascading across entire ecosystems. Full story
  • Snow on the river - credit Paul Lepisto

    News from the Missouri River Initiative: February 2023

    02/28/2023
    This month on the Missouri River: severe winter weather could affect fishing in the region's lakes for years to come, the Army Corps contemplates the possibility of a catastrophic dam failure, and our South Dakota Division explains why wetland mitigation is a conservation strategy of last resort. Full story
  • Tom Vilsack - credit Christopher Paul, USDA

    USDA Rolls out Climate-Smart Ag Funds

    02/16/2023
    Last summer, Congress provided $19.5 billion for USDA conservation programs to help farmers and ranchers adopt climate-smart farming practices. Now, USDA is beginning to announce how those funds will be used. Full story
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    Protecting Natural Resources from the Ground Up

    02/10/2023
    2023 offers a rare opportunity to make big changes in federal policy that will help put better conservation practices in place on tens of millions of acres of farm and ranch land. That would help landowners eliminate soil erosion, sharply reduce polluted runoff, reduce downstream flooding, grow healthy food, support fish and wildlife and address climate change. Full story
  • 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
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    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

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