Embrace a Stream


Help local TU supporters, members and volunteers like you improve rivers across the country and unlock $50,000 in cash prizes to support their work!

The Embrace A Stream Challenge is a fun, week-long online competition encouraging all of us to “Give Where You Fish” and support local projects led by local TU members and volunteers like you. The premise is simple, TU and Orvis have each put up $25,000 and invited this year’s Embrace A Stream grant recipients to compete for those dollars.

But they need your help to win.

From Nov. 6 through Nov. 12, you can help chapters that you support – working to protect and restore rivers you love to fish – by going to www.embraceastream.org and making a donation of $10 or more. Every dollar donated goes directly to that chapter project, and your gift can help the chapter unlock additional cash prizes of $100 to $5,000 for their work.

About Embrace A Stream

Embrace A Stream (EAS) is a matching grant program administered by TU that awards funds to TU chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation. Since its inception in 1975, EAS has funded more than 1,050 individual projects with more than $4.6 million in direct cash grants. Local TU chapters and councils contributed an additional $14 million in cash and in-kind services to EAS funded projects, for a total investment of nearly $19 million.

In 2017, a total of $214,010 was awarded to 47 chapters and councils, helping restore stream habitat, improving fish passage, and protecting water quality in 22 different states from coast to coast.

Click here to view the full list of 2017 EAS grant winners.

Click here to view the full list of 2016 EAS grant winners.

Click here to view the full list of 2015 EAS grant winners.


Embrace A Stream on Facebook

For current updates on a many recently funded Embrace A Stream projects, head over to our Facebook page

Embrace A Stream Grant Review Committee
The Embrace A Stream committee is comprised of TU volunteer representatives and scientific advisors. The committee evaluates all proposed projects and makes final funding decisions in February of each year. EAS Committee members are a valuable resource for potential grant seekers and should be a chapter's first point of contact when they are considering applying for a grant. Chapters and councils that receive money are often in contact with their EAS committee representative early on in the process. The members of the committee include:

Region                     Name                   Phone                   Email
Chair                     Russ Meyer          775-852-6141        rfmeyer@unr.edu

New England        Ron Rhodes          802-457-1247       rhodes@sover.net
(ME, MA, NH, VT, CT, RI)
Northeast             Greg Malaska       570-657-7169        gregmalaska@gmail.com
(NY, NJ, PA, DE)
Mid-Atlantic          Brian Bernstein    410-262-4188      brianbernstein21093@gmail.com
(MD, VA, WV, DC, OH, KY)
Great Lakes          Henry Koltz          414-331-5679         hek@sdelaw.com
(MI, MN, WI, IA)
Midwest States      Matt Tucker         314-704-4189         matt.tucker@ozarkcounciltu.org
(IL, IN, MO, AR, KS)
Northern Rockies    Andy Brunelle       208-334-1770         boisetrout@aol.com
(ID, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE)
Southern Rockies    Bill Schudlich        505-470-4878         highmesa@gmail.com
(UT, AZ, NM, CO, OK, TX)
Pacific Northwest     Paige Wallace      503-593-9655         flyfishgirl@hotmail.com
(WA, OR, AK)
Southwest               Jann Williams        530-919-0384         jannwilliams@sbcglobal.net
(NV, CA, HI)
Southeast                Tom McInnis         864-654-4003          tomcatmc@bellsouth.net
(TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, FL)
For further information, please contact Lisa Beranek, Leadership Development Manager of Volunteer Operations, at lberanek@tu.org.



The 2018 application for the Embrace A Stream grant program will begin early in 2018. Save the date for the following key deadlines:

  • March 15 - Embrace A Stream grant application training webinar
  • April 15 - Deadline to notify your regional EAS representative of your intention to apply
  • May 15 - Draft application due
  • July 15 - Final application due

While there may be some changes to the grant application for 2018, please review the 2017 application below to begin preparing for your Embrace A Stream porject proposal and watch last year's training video.

Click here for a PDF file of the 2017 EAS Application

Watch the EAS Grant Application Training Video

Embrace A Stream Reporting Form
For chapters that have already received an Embrace A Stream grant, please download the report form used to report on your EAS project.

Final Report Form (PDF)

Final Report Form (WORD)


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