23 years ago, Mongolia's rivers and lakes were among the most pristine in the world, but due to irresponsible mining practices and lack of environmental protection, by 2007 852 rivers, 1,181 lakes, and 2,277 springs had dried up. Some of the steps the organization has made to combat this astounding degradation of resources are: 1. Creation and distribution of nomadic culture ecology textbooks 2. Planting of seabuckthorn trees along the Onggi river to deter erosion 3. Passing the law "to prohibit mineral exploration and mining operations at headwaters of rivers, protected zones of water reservoirs and forested areas" and maintaining its enforcement through a series of court hearings.