Sediment in trout streams is part of the natural order of things—in moderation. Unfortunately, industrial-grade development that includes things like gravel mining, oil and gas drilling, logging and road construction can add unnatural amounts of sediment to trout water. When this happens, fine gravels that are vital for spawning and for aquatic insect survival can be smothered, essentially destroying vital habitat for trout, salmon and their major food sources. Of course, this cuts into angling opportunity as well.
TU works with all comers to ensure development--when it occurs--is done responsibly in order to protect our watersheds, and our angling heritage. Throughout the country, we've worked with industrial interests to ensure development doesn't compromise vital habitat and sporting opportunity. For instance, we're working with timber companies on California's North Coast to improve best practices on private timer lands to restore important spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead. We're working with federal land management agencies in the Southeast to close or move poorly maintained roads and off-road-vehicle trails that are sloughing into native brook trout streams. In the Rockies, we worked with the oil and gas industry in Utah to develop a thoughtful natural gas leasing plan for the Uinta Nationa Forest that limits surface occupancy and protects important trout water from the dangers of industrial-grade development.