Weekly News Roundup: Ranger Rick Up Against Rocket Raccoon and more!
Our famous Ranger Rick was recently mentioned in the newly released movie Guardians of the Galaxy. As many viewers are marveling over the many hidden messages in the film, one specific message pertained to us: the lovely Ranger Rick reference. After this mention, our curiosity got the best of us and we decided to compare a galaxy guardian with our very own Ranger Rick. Care to take a guess of just how different they might be?On a more serious note, many Toledo residents were left without drinking water this past weekend as microcystin – the absolute worst product of algal bloom – was found in the water. Climate change is said to be one of the top reasons for the increase in microcystin. Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, encourages people to consider the broader issues involved with algae blooms.
What’s happening at the National Wildlife Federation this week?
NWF Action Fund Endorses Sen. Mark Udall for Re-Election
August 6 – The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund has endorsed the re-election of U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado. An avid outdoorsman and former director of Colorado Outward Bound, Udall has established himself as one of the Senate’s leading conservation voices and a true friend of America’s sportsmen.
“Senator Udall is a champion for America’s outdoor heritage, fighting to protect Colorado’s drinking water, conserve wildlife and public lands, and confront climate change,” said NWF Action Fund Interim Executive Director Andy Buchsbaum. “The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is proud to stand with Senator Udall as he faces unprecedented wave of attacks funded by some of America’s biggest polluters.”
NWF Action Fund Endorses Sen. Susan Collins for Re-Election
August 6 – The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund has endorsed the re-election of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. A member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Sen. Collins has served as a leading voice for bipartisan conservation solutions.
“Senator Collins isn’t afraid to cross party lines to take a stand for hunters and anglers, fighting to protect Maine’s air and water from industrial mercury pollution,” said Curtis Fisher, senior adviser to the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. “She’s also been a bipartisan leader in supporting on-the-ground conservation progress, including investments in key fish and wildlife programs such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”
NWF in the News:
The New York Times: Behind Toledo’s Water Crisis, a Long-Troubled Lake Erie
“We’ve worked with farmers, and we know it works,” said Jordan Lubetkin, a Great Lakes spokesman for the National Wildlife Federation. “Voluntary programs will take you so far. But at the end of the day, you need numeric standards. You’ve got to limit the amount of phosphorus coming into the lake. That’s why you see what we’re seeing in Toledo.”
The Washington Post: Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, lifts two-day ban on drinking tap water
The National Wildlife Federation’s Frank Szollosi looks at a glass filled with water from Lake Erie that he was sampling. The city of Toledo, Ohio, on Monday lifted a two-day ban on drinking tap water.
“There is a systemic challenge that we face out here on the Great Lakes that is actually much bigger than this one crisis,” Collin O’Mara of the National Wildlife Federation told NBC News. “Unfortunately, this crisis could just be the tip of the iceberg unless we begin to address it.”
Washington Examiner: Stakes are high in fracking debate on Indian reservations
Generally, tribal governments have pushed for fracking, said Alexis Bonogofsky, who manages tribal partnerships with the National Wildlife Federation from her base in Billings, Mont.
The Denver Post: Where the wild things are: Hermosa Creek among best
“Hermosa Creek and the backcountry lands that flank its banks are among the special places that hunters and anglers in Colorado and across the region see as crucial to protect for the good of sportsmen, the environment and the sustainability of area businesses,” said John Gale, the Colorado-based manager of the National Wildlife Federation’s sportsmen’s outreach.