Category: Conservation

Home Conservation
Putting Americans to Work for Fish and Wildlife
Post

Putting Americans to Work for Fish and Wildlife

After COVID hit the United States, people flocked to mountains, rivers, lakes, and trails to escape the four walls of our homes and clear our heads.  These outdoor places provided respite and improved the wellbeing of millions of Americans. Unfortunately, it’s our economy that needs a breath of fresh air now. Following the economic downturn...

Old Tampa Bay Water Quality Still Poor
Post

Old Tampa Bay Water Quality Still Poor

2020 Water Quality Results  Bay Managers Continue to Observe Concerning Trends in Old Tampa Bay The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) reports on water quality annually to improve management of the bay; Summertime algae blooms were again observed in Old Tampa Bay; Data collection was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in missing data for...

Post

Washington Boaters Asked to Steer Clear of Orcas

OLYMPIA – With the recent observation of a new calf among the endangered Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) population, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Recreational Boating Association of Washington, Seattle Aquarium and The Whale Museum are calling for recreational boaters to steer clear of the whales and give them...

Build More Fish Habitat for Improved Angling
Post

Build More Fish Habitat for Improved Angling

Kansas City, Mo. – What’s doable when it’s cold outside is improving underwater habitat for forage and sport fish in ponds and small lakes. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) suggests adding underwater structures to boost sport fish such as largemouth bass and the fathead minnows they feed on. Completing projects now will have them...

South Alabama School Wins National Environmental Art Contest
Post

South Alabama School Wins National Environmental Art Contest

Elberta Middle School in Baldwin County, Alabama, was recently announced as a 2020 Classroom Mural Award winner in the Wyland National Art Challenge. The contest encourages students across the nation to think about various conservation issues and how to interpret those issues through art. Winning classrooms in the contest each receive $500 from the Wyland...

Everglades Restoration Project Underway
Post

Everglades Restoration Project Underway

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board awarded the final contract needed to build the Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) component of the EAA Reservoir Project. The EAA Reservoir Project reduces harmful discharges to the Northern Estuaries and moves clean water south to the Everglades. The $175 million contract to create the natural wetland...

Post

Hunting/Fishing Groups Back 30 x 30 Initiative

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – As of today, 42 hunting, fishing and conservation organizations have taken a significant step forward for conservation by officially joining as signatories to the “Hunting and Fishing Community Statement on the 30 by 30 Initiative.” The coalition gained 29 new signatories since the coalition’s establishment in October. The “Thirty by Thirty Initiative”...

Post

St. Johns River Recreational Meeting Feb. 23

PALM BAY, Fla.,  — The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold a public teleconference Feb. 23 to discuss management of lands within the south region of the District, as well as projects and recreational management within Upper St. Johns River Basin. The southern recreational area includes District properties in Brevard and Indian River...

Post

Delaware Estuaries Getting Help from Congress

Congress recently moved to invest in the nation’s estuaries, including two in the First State, Delaware. The Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act was signed into law last month – doubling funding for the National Estuary Program. It can now receive up to $50 million for use across 28 estuary programs nationwide. “This is great...

Wyoming GFD Seeks Input on Invasives at Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Post

Wyoming GFD Seeks Input on Invasives at Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Cheyenne – Flaming Gorge boaters and recreationalists; the Wyoming Game and Fish Department needs your input. Game and Fish is finalizing a plan that will guide actions in the event that aquatic invasive species — like zebra and quagga mussels — are discovered at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. If mussels are ever discovered at the Gorge,...