TU has also waged strong public education and advocacy campaigns on behalf of threatened rivers to persuade stakeholders and decision makers to protect these natural resource treasures.
TU successfully sued the Interior Department when it moved to abandon its water rights in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, a gold-medal trout fishery renowned for its spectacular scenery. The precedent-setting victory affirmed the Park Service’s responsibility to maintain adequate river flows and protect the river’s fishery.
The rugged Teton River Canyon in eastern Idaho is a critical stronghold for Yellowstone cutthroat trout and an important winter refuge for elk, moose and other wildlife—but in 2009, Idaho launched a controversial study to rebuild Teton Dam and flood Teton Canyon. TU is taking the lead in educating the public about this little-known canyon and advocating ways to meet the needs of local water users while protecting this unique natural treasure for future generations. »Read more