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    Ikes Dive Into Sioux Falls Water Festival

    03/15/2019
    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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    President’s Budget Would Cut Conservation

    03/15/2019
    The proposed federal budget for Fiscal Year 2020 would sharply decrease funding for farm conservation programs and other environmental initiatives. Full story
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    Ikes Join Protest at Iowa Statehouse to Stop Bad Legislation

    03/08/2019
    Ikes and allies gathered at Iowa's Capitol to protest a bill that would have made it more difficult for the state to add new public lands to its roster. Full story
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    League Tells USDA to Withdraw Swampbuster Rule

    02/15/2019
    The League urges USDA to withdraw a troubled interim Swampbuster rule and replace it with one that accurately identifies wetlands, including seasonal wetlands. Full story
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    Water Pollution in Iowa Impacts Dead Zone, Public Health

    02/15/2019
    One statistic you likely won’t hear from Iowa agriculture boosters is the state's ranking as a leading contributor to hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico – commonly referred to as the “dead zone.” Full story
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    The Trickledown Effect: How government shutdowns affect Chesapeake Bay health

    02/14/2019
    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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    New Congress Organizes To Implement Farm Bill

    02/05/2019
    ​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

    01/15/2019
    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

    01/07/2019
    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

    01/04/2019
    ​The new five-year Farm Bill approved by Congress in December provides some important wins for wetlands – and for the people, fish, and wildlife that depend on wetlands. Full story
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