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

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    Stream Selfie: Our Eyes on the Water!

    Thanks to thousands of Selfie takers across the country, now we can see which streams are clogged with trash… and we can do something about it! Our Trash Map can help you find a location near you that needs a little love. Full story
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    SOS and Social Distancing: Things You Can Do for Clean Water

    The Save Our Streams staff shares ideas for activities you and your family can take part in to protect clean water while protecting your community through social distancing. Full story
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    Keep It in the Soil: New Legislation Tackles Climate Change Through Better Farming Practices

    Representative Chellie Pingree, one of the few actual farmers in Congress, has a plan for reducing farms' emissions and increasing their productivity. Full story
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    President’s Proposed Budget Doesn’t Reflect Americans’ Values

    For the fourth year in a row, the Trump Administration has proposed a budget that slashes funding for conservation programs – so once again, the Izaak Walton League will work with Congress to pass a better budget. Full story
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    Good Deeds Go Unrewarded: USDA Offers Smaller Incentives for Farm Conservation Practices

    For 35 years, the Conservation Reserve Program has rewarded farmers for taking millions of acres of highly erodible, environmentally sensitive cropland out of production – but now, decreasing incentive payments are leaving landowners wondering why they should sign up. Full story
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    Worth the Wait: Congress Passes Conservation Budget

    It took months of effort, but the final 2020 budget soundly rejects any attempts to defund vital environmental programs and invests in protecting Americans’ environment, drinking water, and access to outdoor recreation. Most of the League’s priority programs, in fact, saw budgets increase under the legislation. Full story

    How To: Recycle a Christmas Tree

    For those who celebrate the holidays with a blue spruce or Douglas fir, the fresh smell of pine will soon be replaced by dead branches and lots of pine needles. But there are still plenty of uses for the tree! Full story
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    Get Together for Clean Water

    The Save Our Streams water quality monitoring program is about so much more than just recording numbers on data sheets. Our citizen-scientists are also passionate leaders, forward-thinking problem-solvers, and engaged citizens. And anybody can join our clean-water community. Full story
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    Thanksgiving: More than a holiday

    This Thanksgiving, let us say thanks for the land itself and all its beauties, then to those who have gone before and to all of the conservation groups and many other individuals who have worked to preserve it for us. (By Sigurd F. Olson, published in "Outdoor America," Nov 1958) Full story
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    How To: Recycle a Pumpkin

    Halloween is over. The candy traded or eaten, costumes and decorations packed up, and you're looking forward to turkey at Thanksgiving. But what do you do with those carved orange vegetables on your front porch? Re-use and recycle them! Full story


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