Bill to fund abandoned mine cleanup moving forward

A Pennsylvania creek runs orange with mine pollution.

Much-needed legislation to continue funding abandoned mine cleanup is moving forward in Congress. The House Natural Resources Committee this week approved H.R. 4248 by a voice vote following testimony from lead sponsor Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA).  “H.R. 4248 would ensure that states and tribes can continue addressing challenges presented by historic mining operations,” Chris Wood, President … Read more

Five takeaways on Snake River salmon and steelhead

After decades of lawsuits, recovering Snake River salmon and steelhead is inching closer to reality. This week a series of meetings kick off in Washington to gather public input on the impacts of dam removal on the Lower Snake. In preparation, Rob Masonis, vice president for Western Conservation at Trout Unlimited, and Helen Neville, senior … Read more

Federal funding package will fund conservation priorities

By Rob Catalanotto, Laura Ziemer and Steve Moyer   After weeks of negotiations, the US Senate and House recently approved a massive appropriations bill to fund the government through fiscal year 2020. The deal averted a government shutdown, which was set to take effect on December 20 had Congress had not taken decisive action.    TU field staff … Read more

Resilient waters, hope for the future

Matteo Moretti, Dan Eiden, Dyer Benjovsky and Morgan Bradley spent last summer like most college anglers do—fishing. However, this was no ordinary fishing trip. Over the summer, the four college students involved in TU Costa 5 Rivers Programs across the country explored the Columbia River drainage for five weeks. Their mission: to gain a greater understanding of what has happened to worlds former salmon stronghold.   In … Read more

TU’s top 10 conservation campaigns of 2019

Bristol Bay  The clear, cold rivers of the Bristol Bay region in southwest Alaska support some of the strongest remaining salmon runs in North America. These waters entice anglers, tourists and other outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe to view rare and majestic wildlife, marvel at an untouched landscape, and chase trophy rainbow trout and salmon. The region is under imminent threat … Read more

Oregon Public Lands Bill Advances Through Senate Committee

Earlier today, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley’s bill to protect portions of public lands in the Molalla and Rogue River watersheds, as well as over 100,000 acres of the Kalmiopsis region in Southwest Oregon from mining was favorably reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and is now ready for … Read more