Clean Water Corner

Water quality, stream monitoring, community scientists, and more topics related to clean water in America.

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    Hot and Salty: Good for Snacks, Not for Streams

    We don’t usually think about road salt in summer. But this salt can get into groundwater in the winter, and come out again when the weather warms – and a new study shows salt is even more harmful to stream life when water temperatures rise. Full story
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    Season Finale: Results from Winter Salt Watch

    The members and volunteers of the Izaak Walton League are collecting the data that will be used to implement practices that protect both driver safety and stream health. Full story
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    Out and About With the Clean Water Program: National Water Monitoring Conference

    No time for skiing – at this Denver conference, League Clean Water Program staff were busy forming valuable partnerships and raising the status of our Save Our Streams program among policy-makers. Full story
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    Ikes Dive Into Sioux Falls Water Festival

    Members of the League’s Sioux Falls Chapter and national staff talked with youth about water quality and the importance of protecting water resources – for people as well as fish and wildlife. Full story
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    The Trickledown Effect: How government shutdowns affect Chesapeake Bay health

    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

    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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    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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    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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    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

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