Clean water, sustainable agriculture, climate solutions, and more topics related to protecting America's outdoors.

  • Tom Vilsack - credit Christopher Paul, USDA

    USDA Rolls out Climate-Smart Ag Funds

    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
  • Hay bale in a farm field - credit Pixabay

    Protecting Natural Resources from the Ground Up

    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

    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

    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
  • Algal bloom - credit Getty Images

    What Is Nitrate Pollution?

    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.

    "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

    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

    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

    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

    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


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