BristolBayNearly a decade of TU's hard work is at risk as the EPA is in the process of reviewing and considering rolling back critical protections to some of our nation's best trout and salmon streams.

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Tell the EPA to Maintain the Clean Water Rule and Protect Bristol Bay

Nearly a decade of TU's hard work is at risk as the EPA is in the process of reviewing and considering rolling back critical protections to some of our nation's best trout and salmon streams.

The Clean Water rule, which we all worked together to enact in 2015, did a good job of clarifying and restoring Clean Water Act protections for headwater streams and wetlands. The 2014 restrictions on Pebble Mine that the EPA proposed but never enacted would have provided critical support to our efforts to secure a strong future for a remarkable watershed that is important not only as a powerhouse for wild salmon, but also the engine for local and international economies.

This summer, President Trump directed his EPA to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and revert back to a far less protective standard and this spring, the EPA struck a deal with the Canadian company behind the mine to reverse the mining restrictions that over a million Americans supported.

Both of the above efforts by the EPA have very limited windows for public comment – with the Clean Water Rule public comment period ending on Sept. 27 and the Bristol Bay comment period closing on Oct. 17.

We're asking all of our chapters and councils – and your members – to help us fill the EPA's inbox with support for the Clean Water Rule and Bristol Bay. Please take the following actions as volunteer leaders with TU

Please take action today: You can send a letter to the EPA using our Clean Water Rule online form – if every volunteer leader sends in a letter we will be flooding the EPA with nearly 4,000 comments!  

 

IMG 1103 800x600Four members of Trout Unlimited El Dorado joined with other groups to assist in restoration work on the Audrain Meadow. The work was done on August 29 and 30 in support of owner Dale Pierce. Beaver dam analogs, bda, created last year were repaired and extended to further water  retention in the meadow. 

Dams installed last year survived the severe winter and seasonal runoff with minimum damage. Dams were reported to be over topped with water during the spring. They were effective in retaining water in the meadow and sustained minimal damage.

The meadow appears very healthful after this winter. Grass has grown taller and more dense and filled many of the open channels seen last year. Vegetative growth and downfall is plentiful this year.

The project will continue to retain water in the meadow and correct the down cutting experienced in the last 60 years. Replacement of a culvert under the access road is a major item of future work.

Jann Williams, John Sikora,  Bill Burden, Pat Barron and Stan Backlund participated in the work.

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CombatFishingCombat fishing in Alaska at its finest. By Dave Atcheson

My reasons for fishing vary. Sure, sometimes it’s utilitarian; to fill the freezer, but more often than not it’s about the experience. It’s about connecting to the outdoors, to something larger than myself, the sense of peace and relaxation that only comes streamside.That’s why it’s especially maddening to longtime trout fishers when someone stops and interrupts that flow. On most streams in the US and around the world you wouldn’t encroach within 100 yards of another fisher. If people are going to stop where someone else is, they should always ask before starting to fish and only fish behind the anglers they are intruding upon.

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EelSalmonUnderwater

The Eel River is on the brink of disaster, its ocean-going fish species threatened with extinction, its nurturing estuary diked, drained and diminishing.

At the same time, this massive watershed in California’s northwest corner offers the state’s best hope of ensuring a future abundance of wild anadromous fish.

This paradox of the Eel, California’s third largest river system, is driving an urgency to save it while there’s still time. For the Eel’s diverse and often adversarial stakeholders, this is a rare and fleeting opportunity to set aside differences out of a common commitment to what they share.

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salmonA University of California and CaliforniaTrout study last month indicated that some species of salmon are in danger of going extinct by the end of this century. Their persistence in modern California is practically miraculous, given the profound alteration of rivers and streams.

To ensure these fish endure, with the added dimension of a changing climate, we must take strong steps. Salmon need help in the stream gravel where they hatch, the pools and floodplains where they grow, the Delta channels that carry them to the ocean, and the rivers they power up in order to spawn and die in the same gravel from which they emerged.

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WildTroutSYmpWild Trout XII: Science, politics, and wild trout management: who’s driving and where are we going?

The Wild Trout Symposium brings together a diverse audience of non-profit conservation groups, media representatives, educators, anglers, fishing guides, government entities, and business interests associated with trout fisheries to exchange technical information and viewpoints on wild trout management and related public policy. Held every three years, each symposium has led to innovative approaches to wild trout management.

September 26-29, 2017. West Yellowstone, MT

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The American Sportfishing Association and Southwick Associates created a new series of one-page infographics for all 435 Congressional districts in all 50 states. The 2017 infographics provide fishing participation and economic data at the Congressional district level.

See California-District-4-2.pdf for data on our chapters district under Representative Tom McClintock.


The information in the report and infographics use data from the most recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau, as presented in ASA’s Sportfishing in America report. The study used mapping and population software to hone in on smaller geographic areas in a way that is particularly relevant to members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

See Economic Contributions for the whole report.

 

Smith RiverReps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) recently secured a twenty-year ban on new mining projects in an ecologically and economically critical region in Southwest Oregon. The areas protected include the watershed of the National Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River in Oregon, the watershed of Rough and Ready Creek (an eligible Wild and Scenic River and tributary to the National Wild and Scenic Illinois and Rogue rivers), as well as 17 miles of the National Wild and Scenic Chetco River. These rivers are known for their wild salmon and steelhead populations, and provide vital economic, recreational and natural resources to the area.

02 2014 JS Merced River floatIn 2017, the California State Water Resources Control Board will make a decision that will fundamentally affect rivers and streams that California anglers know and love. This decision could make or break California’s salmon fisheries and the multi-billion dollar commercial and recreational angling economy they support.

Even under the proposed new standards, two-thirds of the natural flow of the Merced, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus Rivers would still be diverted, mainly for agriculture.

Truth is often hard to hear. The truth is that demand for water far exceeds supply in California—and that fish species, in particular, have been shouldering most of the burden of providing water for California, for decades. To keep some of our state’s unique natural heritage alive, we must better balance the allocation of this precious limited resource.

Please help us make sure the water board knows that the angling community unequivocally supports boosting flow standards for the lower San Joaquin River watershed, and reserving at least 40 percent of unimpaired flow for environmental needs.

Read Chandra Ferrari's Blog for the full story.

This December ARC signed a Purchase Agreement to acquire another 5,247 acres of Blue Oak woodland savanna south of El Dorado and west of Highway 49. In 2013-14, ARC acquired a 2,139 acre portion of this ranch fronting the Main Fork of the Cosumnes River. The acquisition of this contiguous landscape would create the largest, contiguous block of protected Blue Oak Woodland in El Dorado County - a Preserve of over 7,385 acres and help preserve the quantity and quality of water flowing downstream to the San Francisco Bay Delta.

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