Plan to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes gets big boost

By Taylor Ridderbusch Today, both state governments and federal agencies announced two major milestones in the Brandon Road Lock and Dam project to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. First, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Illinois have reached a design agreement on the project, officially designating Illinois as … Read more

Great Lakes to benefit from two pieces of major legislation

As we approach the end of 2020, the Great Lakes region is two presidential signatures away from securing major legislative wins.  Congress recently approved funding measures for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and for the Brandon Road Lock and Dam project to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.  “Trout Unlimited would like to thank the … Read more

TU restores important ‘pocket’ wetlands in Michigan

Trout Unlimited recently wrapped up a multi-year project to create and restore critical wetlands in the Rogue River watershed in southern Michigan.  This fall, two more “pocket” wetlands were restored, making a total of four wetland restoration projects over the past three years. Pocket wetlands are small areas that boast large benefits for water quality in this case because of their priority location adjacent to coldwater trout streams.   … Read more

Meet TU intern Morgan Anderson

My name is Morgan Anderson and this summer I am interning with Trout Unlimited in Michigan.  I am an incoming junior at the University of Michigan, studying Environmental Law and Policy. I began working for Trout Unlimited on the Rogue River Green Team after my senior year at Sparta High School, which really opened my eyes … Read more

TU leaders join AFFTA’s Conservation from the Couch

Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood will join Keith Curley and Rob Masonis, TU’s vice presidents for eastern and western conservation, respectively, this week when they all “sit down” for the American Fly Fishing Trade Association’s Conservation on the Couch series. The webcast is Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, and viewers can register to … Read more

Newsletter highlights successes in Great Lakes region

Trout Unlimited continues to increase its efforts in the Great Lakes region. The past year saw a wide range of success across the “Protect, Reconnect, Restore and Sustain” components of our mission. Projects included habitat restoration of more than 17 miles of high-priority coldwater streams and improving/replacing several barriers to fish passage to open additional … Read more

With bi-partisan support, GLRI Act flies through House

On Feb. 5 the United States House of Representatives passed HR 4031, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act.  This bill seeks to increase the GLRI funding back to its original levels of $475 million.   The bill had support from 50 bi-partisan co-sponsors and passed 373-45.  Additionally, 15 Representatives spoke in support of the bill. They … Read more

Redd surveys shaping priorities in Michigan’s Pere Marquette

By Jake Lemon  Michigan’s Pere Marquette River offers anglers unique year-round opportunities to fish for a diverse array of salmonid species, including brook trout, brown trout, steelhead, and coho and chinook salmon.   Despite healthy overall conditions on the river — a federally designated Wild and Scenic River and a state-designated Natural River and Blue Ribbon Trout Stream — there are opportunities to improve its ecological condition through restoration … Read more

Trout and Trees: restoring Michigan’s streambanks

By Matthias Bonzo Last year TU began to implement a project we’re calling “Trout and Trees.” Funded by a grant from the USDA State and Private Forestry – Landscape Scale Restoration Initiative, the project seeks to improve near stream (riparian) habitats coupled with instream habitat work to provide as complete restoration to a degraded site … Read more