In a news conference today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corp of engineers jointly proposed a rule change that should help clarify protections provided by the Clean Water Act to isolated wetlands and intermittent and ephemeral streams. As Trout Unlimited CEO Chris Wood noted in his blog post today, those protections were “all thrown into question in 2001 and 2006 when two Supreme Court rulings removed the protections of the law from these streams and bodies of water.”
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“The proposal will make fishing better, and anglers should support it,” Chris Wood, chief executive officer of Trout Unlimited, said in a statement. “Restoring protections to these waters ensures healthy habitat for fish and a bright future for anglers.”
“Today’s proposal speaks to the heart of the Clean Water Act — making rivers more fishable and swimmable,” said Trout Unlimited President Chris Wood in a statement. “The waters affected by today’s proposal provide vital spawning and rearing habitat for trout and salmon. Simply stated, the proposal will make fishing better, and anglers should support it.”
Viroqua — Somewhere over the bank, a song sparrow offered its cheerful greeting.
A few hundred yards down the coulee, a half dozen tom turkeys strutted in a recently melted field of winter rye.
And a short cast downstream, John "Duke" Welter of Viroqua made his announcement while standing at the head of a sparkling riffle.
"Well, that seals it," Welter said, watching midges flit past. "If the bugs are hatching, it must be spring."
Nearly a year after President Obama designated the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, residents and business leaders in north-central New Mexico say the monument is fulfilling its promise as an economic driver in the region.
Business leaders in the Taos, N.M., area near the 243,000-acre national monument site released economic data today showing that, in only 12 months, the monument has drawn more visitors who have brought increased spending and revenue with them.