In 1922, the Izaak Walton League was founded in Chicago by a group of recreational fishermen who were growing increasingly concerned about the damage being done to their favorite fishing spots by the unregulated discharge of raw sewage and industrial effluent into the local waterways. As it turns out so were a lot of other people. In a few short years the organization grew by leaps and bounds. Five years later, when Will Dilg, the first president of the League died, the Washington Post reported in his obituary1 that the Izaak Walton League had grown to 300,000 members in over 2000 chapters across the United States.
Today, however nationwide membership in the Izaak Walton League stands at about 30,000 as the organization works to rebuild itself to deal with the more complex pollution problems that now plague our Nation.
The mission of the League however remains essentially the same;
to conserve, maintain, protect, and restore the soil, forest, water, and other natural resources of the United States.