Angler Science: How our angler members contribute to the science behind TU conservation.
Melinda Frost-Hurzel is leading a project in our chapter monitoring the Cosumnes River.
Check out the following opportunities for anglers to contribute to the scientific understanding of trout and salmon conservation.
Lahontan cutthroat trout are successfully reproducing in the lower Truckee River in what experts are calling a major milestone in efforts to restore the population once on the brink of extinction.
Last year, cutthroats raised from a strain of a remnant population in the mountains near the Nevada-Utah line spawned upstream from Pyramid Lake for the first time in nearly 80 years.
Now, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have documented about 1,000 newly hatched baby cutthroats swimming in the river after a second spawn this spring. They suspect as many as 45,000 may have hatched in recent weeks.
Supporters of marijuana growers insist pot farming is agriculture and should be regulated as such. Those concerned about streams, salmon and wildlife claim that's not good enough. Both are correct.
Pot growing is clearly agriculture and, like the rest of agriculture, methods used to grow it range from organic to intensely chemical. State agencies charged with protecting streams, fish and wildlife — the Department of Fish & Wildlife and State and Regional Water Boards — already have legal tools to adequately protect the environment, including stream flows, from the impacts of agriculture.
The problem is that the state agencies charged with regulating agriculture — the Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Water Boards — are not willing to do their duty, at least not when it comes to regulating any form of agriculture except pot growing. Read the full story.
The Pebble Mine in Alaska is being contained with the aid of the EPA. Did you know that a similar larger threat is growing on the border of Southeast Alaska with Canada. Canada is allowing increased mining opportunities in British Columbia that threaten the habitat and environmental resources of major rivers flowing into Alaska and the sea. Ten major mines are in development on the Stikine and Unuk Rivers. Each of these mines would contain a massive tailings dam. These dams would have to contain thee tailings in perpetuity to avoid damage to the $2 billion fishing and tourism business of Alaska. This is the type of dam that failed at Mt Polley in 2014 damaging the Frasier River watershed. Trout Unlimited and Salmon Beyond Borders have produced a film illustrating the risks to Alaska. View the film at salmonbeyondborders.org.
A 1909 treaty with Canada states "Waters flowing across the boundary shall not be polluted on either side to the injury of health or property on the other". Yet Canada is willing to continues supporting the development of these mines.
The World of Trout is a seminal event celebrating trout and the passion they inspire around the world. Arguably no other freshwater species have had more impact on art and literature, conservation science, the global economy, and the human condition. This first-of-its-kind event will be held in Bozeman, Montana, July 26 - 31, 2015, in the shadow of Yellowstone National Park and in proximity to some of the most beloved trout streams in the world. This event will bring together a diverse audience that includes conservationists, scientists, anglers, writers, artists, educators, and the public for an exchange of ideas and focused events that explore trout as a global barometer, driver for ecosystem restoration, resource for sustained regional economies, instrument of human culture, and more. See the World of Trout for full details. A small window is open for submittal of art, film or papers.