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The Tennessee Division of Natural Areas announced the opening of a new access trail to the Watauga River at Watauga River Bluffs State Natural Area in Carter County. A parking area is now available, with room for eight vehicles.
An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines—at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska—has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These concerns were heightened with the August 4, 2014 catastrophic tailings dam failure at nearby Mount Polley Mine in B.C.’s Fraser River watershed. Last summer, as part of production for Xboundary, we completed a 100-mile transect of the Unuk River watershed. What follows is an excerpt and action alert from an interview we did with Trout Unlimited Alaska after the trip, who, along with Patagonia, sponsored our project.
The Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society recognized local conservationists during a special awards banquet at its annual state meeting held Thursday as part of a two-day event scheduled in Chattanooga.
For years, the Lackawanna River was considered to be a cesspool, a toxic waste area that many people wanted to block out of their minds.
The river was full of coal mining and sewage pollution, among other things, from the region’s industrial history. The water was a chemical hazard and there seemed to be little hope for it to ever be different.
That little hope, however, recently became a reality, so much so that Trout Unlimited recently named the Lackawanna River as one of the top 100 trout streams in North America. And the river will soon be on display to trout fishermen and women from all over the country.
Trout Unlimited will host its national meeting, which will be headquartered at Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, from Sept. 16-20.
The event is expected to draw about 500 anglers and is open to anybody who is a Trout Unlimited member.
One project involves stacking tree trunks and boulders in a stretch of the Little Truckee River. Another will have researchers scouring the Sierra Nevada for microscopic viruses that attack bacteria.
Both seemingly disparate efforts are part of the same movement to preserve and restore prime fishing habitat using money from a unique fund operating through the Sagebrush Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
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