Changes to the Clean Water Rule have big impacts on the ground

High in the headwaters of Back Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are several small streams that only run after it rains. Those “ephemeral” tributaries to Back Creek, a wild brook trout stream that also holds browns and rainbows, intersect with the proposed 600-mile route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a project that … Read more

Clean Water Rule Update: January 2020

Final rule announced; what it says and what comes next. Final Rule Announced.  On January 23rd, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced a final “Waters of the U.S. Rule.”  This rule replaces a 2015 Rule, which clarified the extent of jurisdictions for clean water act protections.  This new … 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

Renewable energy and planning for the future

By Corey Fisher While the political climate in Washington, D.C. may seem hyper-partisan, there are some issues that bring people together from across the political spectrum. Earlier this year Congress passed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, a public lands package that established 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, permanently authorized … Read more

Murkowski gives Pebble a stern warning with submitted report language

After issuing a harsh warning to the Army Corps of Engineers at a Bristol Bay salmon event last week, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski followed up by introducing report language in to the Senate Appropriations committee yesterday morning that called on the Corps to make significant changes to Pebble’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

House Natural Resources Committee advances fish habitat bill

What Happened? On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the House Natural Resources Committee advanced the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act (H.R. 1747). The bipartisan and widely-supported bill, if enacted, will codify and formally recognize the existing National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP). NFHP was created in 2006 by state fisheries agencies and other stakeholders to improve … Read more

Three rules with impact to coldwater fisheries

An update on three federal rulemakings with impact to coldwater fisheries. What is proposed, what it means for TU, how we will respond and how you can help make your voice heard. What is happening?  Recently there has been a flurry of rulemaking activity by the Trump Administration that will affect regulations for agencies that oversee … Read more

New rules unveiled for Endangered Species

Opportunity for improvement lost; higher risk of extinction gained. On August 12, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) -referred to here as “the Agencies” –  jointly announced three final rules which modify regulations that implement portions of the Endangered Species Act … Read more

U.S. Forest Service proposes to revise environmental review under NEPA.

What is proposed, what it means for Trout Unlimited, and how you can engage. UPDATE: Comment period is now closed. Scroll to bottom of this post to view comment letters from TU Councils and National office. What’s happening? The U.S. Forest Service has undertaken an initiative to update its regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy … Read more