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Until Now, Conservation of Shad and River Herring Has Only Focused On Half Their Habitat

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Why anglers support an important step in making conservation efforts whole for this important mid-Atlantic fishery Each spring, the sportsmen and women of Washington, D.C., head to the Potomac River to shake off the rust of winter and take advantage of the return of the American and Hickory shad. This is a time-honored tradition—George Washington […]

Official Status of BP Settlement Means Conservation Can Finally Roll On

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A few signatures kick off the next phase of oil spill recovery that could revive long-term habitat health in the Gulf BP and a federal judge have finally made it official—the historic settlement between the states, the federal government, and BP has been signed. Now, the Gulf of Mexico’s fish, wildlife, and habitat—not to mention […]

Compassion: A Surprising Ingredient in the Recipe for Cool, Clean Water

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Our Oregon field rep hangs up her waders for a high-profile public-speaking opportunity in D.C., where she discovers a spirit of hope for water solutions Last year, Oregon experienced the worst drought on record, with many adverse effects on our rivers and fish. I saw firsthand the results of drought and dam regulations in my […]

Louisiana Biologists Are Tracking Potential Monsters in the Depths of Lake Pontchartrain

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How telemetry tag data could improve the odds of redfish and trout reaching trophy size  Ashley Ferguson may not be a fish surgeon, but she’s become pretty handy with a scalpel and sutures over the last four years. Ferguson is one of a half-dozen fisheries biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries who […]

Another Vote, Another Veto: Congress Moves to Derail Protection for Smaller Streams and Wetlands (Again)

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The latest attempt to strike down the Clean Water Rule would prevent protection of headwater streams and wetlands This week, the U.S. House of Representatives took advantage of a rarely-used legislative process known as the Congressional Review Act to attempt to kill the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule, which clarifies Clean […]

Louisiana’s Plan to Combat Wetlands Loss Brings Mississippi River Sediment Back Home

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The top minds in wetlands ecology, hydrology, and geology from across the world have spent half a century investigating Louisiana’s unprecedented, catastrophic coastal land loss. And, after poring through volumes of data, comparing maps, and examining soil content, tides, wind, subsidence, rising sea levels, and numerous other factors, the one question nearly all of these […]

Break the Internet to Protect Your Public Access to Hunting and Fishing—Here’s How

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On October 27, 1858, or 157 years ago today, one of the greatest wildlife conservationists in the history of our country was born. Known for his brute toughness and great leadership, Theodore Roosevelt certainly left his mark on America’s wild landscapes while he was here on earth. During his time as President, he established the […]

The Bridge Broken by Katrina, Reborn as a Habitat-Boosting Fish Highway

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After a summer of commemoration and ten-year-anniversary reports, South Louisiana residents may be ready to put the incomparable damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina behind them. Coincidentally, though they may not have known it, Louisiana anglers hooking into redfish and bass on the shorelines of Lake Borgne have had the repurposed remains of Katrina’s destruction under […]

No hyperbole here: Straight talk from sportsmen on Clean Water Rule

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With all the recent talk about Clean Water Act jurisdiction and the unceasing congressional attacks on a rule that protects wetlands and headwater streams, what seems to be getting lost is the message from hunters and anglers on the ground. Sportsmen care about clean water as much as anyone, and we’re the first to stand […]