Southern Appalachian Brook Trout (SABT), once abundant in the high elevation mountain streams from Virginia to Georgia, are in need of conservation action. This species is now found in only three percent of their historic range.
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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee - Some 1,100 fingerling trout, each carefully tattooed with a dot of liquid plastic on its tail to mark its birth at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institu
“Today, the nation faces water quality problems of all sorts,” said Steve Moyer, head of government affairs for Trout Unlimited. “This summer, we had a Toledo polluted-drinking-water crisis, we had dead zones in the Gulf (of Mexico) and Chesapeake, and today we have thousands of miles of streams that are dead because of abandoned-mine pollution in the mountains of the East and West, and we’re losing our wetlands at an alarming rate.”
Environmentalists and anglers who want to keep the Lopatcong Creek pristine will don their work clothes and gather their garbage bags for a cleanup Saturday.
Fifteen years after it listed the bull trout as threatened throughout the Northwest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finally proposed a plan to recover the species. But the plan disappoints some conservation groups.