Steve Moyer, vice president for government affairs at Trout Unlimited, said Congress should allow the rule-making process to go forward and keep the funding intact, because the comment period on rules restoring the EPA's authority extends into October. "It matters a lot in New York," said Moyer. "These small headwaters streams are collecting pollutants that would otherwise go down into the rivers. They're critical to the health of drinking waters downstream." - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-06-23/water/ny-drinking-water-qual...
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Cary Denision, who works for Trout Unlimited, a conservation group, said he’s for the changes.
“I think that it’s going to provide guidance for the regulatory bodies including the Army Corps on how they handle case by case situations in how they designate waters of the United States so that it removes some confusion between the Army Corps and water users,” Denision said.
At the session EPA, officials stressed that the "Clean Water Act is about quality and not quantity." They said the act and the proposed changes don’t affect how states allocate water.
In early August, Trout Unlimited will hold a trout-fishing contest to raise money for restoration work on the Big Wood River.
Twenty teams of two people will compete in the Big Wood River Single Fly event, Aug. 2-3, for most trout caught with bonuses for large fish. The registration fee is $1,000 per team, and covers a welcome dinner Saturday, and fishing, lunch and an awards dinner Sunday.
“The Big Wood River is the lifeblood of the Wood River Valley. Residents and visitors depend on the river for recreation, agricultural and municipal purposes,” said Chad Chorney, Big Wood River project manager for Trout Unlimited. “Today, the river faces many threats—reduced stream flows, altered floodplains, habitat lost and disconnected tributaries. TU and the Wood River Land Trust are partnering to restore the glory of this iconic Western trout fishery while protecting the sense of community that has developed around it.”
Drips gather and turn to trickles, trickles turn to creeks, creeks turn to streams, and streams turn to rivers. Just like that. They begin. They gather. Land drains. Streams grow. And soon they form mighty rivers - rivers that feed us, water us, keep us. Rivers that define us.
But they must begin somewhere. And those places are everywhere.
More than 80 percent of stream miles in the United States are headwaters. So it makes sense to treat those waters with care.
Trout Unlimited on Friday announced TroutBlitz, a citizen science effort intended to document trout populations across North America.
The project asks anglers to photograph and map their catches on a TU website interface.
The organization is seeking participation from all anglers, not just TU members, who catch trout.