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 1,080 individual projects with more than $4.75 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.  For current updates on EAS projects, visit the EAS Facebook page and follow #embraceastream on Instagram and Facebook.

In 2018, a total of $123,000 was awarded to 29 chapters and councils, helping restore stream habitat, improving fish passage, and protecting water quality in 19 different states from coast to coast.


Grant Applications

Please note the following 2019 EAS funding cycle deadlines:

    • March 15 – Embrace A Stream grant training – View webinar recording here.
    • April 15 – Deadline to notify your regional EAS representative of your intent to apply 
    • May 15 – Draft online application due
    • July 15 – Final online application due

Before contacting your regional EAS Committee member, please review the 2019 EAS proposal guidelines.  For assistance with the online application process, you may find this video helpful. 


Create your chapter or council account for the 2020 EAS Online Application.


Embrace A Stream Grant Review Committee

The Embrace A Stream Committee is comprised of TU volunteers and scientific advisers. The committee evaluates all proposed projects and makes final funding decisions in the fall of each year. EAS Committee members are a valuable resource for potential grant seekers and should be a chapter or council’s first point of contact when considering an EAS application. Chapters and councils that receive money are often in contact with their EAS committee representative early and often. 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          Mike Kuhr          414-588-4281         mikek.trout@yahoo.com
(MI, MN, WI, IA)

Midwest States    Mike Kruse          573-819-5426        mkflyfishing@gmail.com

(IL, IN, MO, AR, KS)

Northern Rockies    Andy Brunelle       208-334-1770         boisetrout@aol.com

(ID, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE)

Southern Rockies    Marshall Pendergrass       (970) 596-8602               redrocksman@gmail.com
(UT, AZ, NM, CO, OK, TX)

Pacific Northwest     Paige Wallace      503-593-9655         flyfishgirl@hotmail.com
(WA, OR, AK)

Southwest                Peter Mangarella       510-289-8163     pmangarella44@gmail.com
(NV, CA, HI)

Southeast                Tom McInnis         864-654-4003          tomcatmc@bellsouth.net

(TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, FL)


Embrace A Stream Final Reports

One of the requirements for receipt of an EAS grant is a final report. Your chapter or council has two years to complete your project and file a final report to communicate your efforts but also to allow the EAS committee to tell compelling stories for program sustainability. In your final report, be sure to highlight your proposed goals and objectives and how those were met. If there are goals and objectives that were not attained, please provide additional details to explain.  Any surplus EAS funds must be returned. 

Note that TU chapters who fail to file a final report for projects that received EAS funding will not be eligible to receive future EAS grants. 

You will submit your final grant report online here through the chapter or council account that you applied for EAS funds.

For further information, please contact Lisa Beranek, Leadership Development Manager of Volunteer Operations, at lberanek@tu.org.


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