Embrace A Stream

COVID-19 Concerns

TU seeks to ensure our members remain healthy in light of COVID-19. We are vigilantly monitoring the evolving landscape of COVID-19 through the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and a number of regional and local health officials. 

At this point in time, the Embrace A Stream Committee is still planning to offer the 2020 Embrace A Stream grant opportunity as originally outlined.  As new information emerges, TU leadership will continue to review and refine our efforts while keeping you informed.  If your previously funded Embrace A Stream project is being impacted by COVID-19, please contact your Embrace A Stream representative with an update.


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 2019, a total of $100,000 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 2020 EAS funding cycle deadlines:

    • March 15 – Embrace A Stream training – Video
    • April 15 – Deadline to notify regional EAS representative of your intent to apply 
    • May 15 – Draft online application due via chapter account
    • July 1 – Final online application due (Interim report due from 2018 funded applicants)

Before contacting your regional EAS Committee member, please review the 2020 EAS proposal guidelines.  For assistance with the online application process, you may find this video helpful. 


Create your chapter account or log into your existing chapter account for the 2020 EAS Online Application here.

Confirm that an account does not exist before creating a new chapter account. This chapter account will be used for future applications.

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                   
Chair                             Russ Meyer                  775-852-6141       

New England              Ron Rhodes                  802-457-1247     
(ME, MA, NH, VT, CT, RI)     

Northeast                    Greg Malaska              570-657-7169          
(NY, NJ, PA, DE)

Mid-Atlantic               Brian Bernstein          410-262-4188   
(MD, VA, WV, DC, OH, KY) 

Great Lakes                Mike Kuhr                   414-588-4281       
(MI, MN, WI, IA)

Midwest States          Mike Kruse                 573-819-5426   
(IL, IN, MO, AR, KS)

Northern Rockies     Andy Brunelle            208-334-1770   
(ID, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE)       

Southern Rockies   Marshall Pendergrass       (970) 596-8602              
(UT, AZ, NM, CO, OK, TX)

Pacific Northwest    Paige Wallace              503-593-9655        
(WA, OR, AK)

Southwest                 Peter Mangarella        510-289-8163 
(NV, CA, HI)

Southeast                  Tom McInnis               864-654-4003   
(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 team has two years to complete your project and file a final report.  Reports are important as they communicate your efforts to allow the EAS committee to tell compelling stories for program sustainability. In your final report, 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 originally applied for EAS funds.

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


TU Volunteer Leaders trainings are a powerful way to connect with resources, learn from fellow volunteers and grow your impact locally. Join us for the following in-person and online events:

In-Person Trainings:


Online Trainings:
View recordings of past webinars online at www.tu.org/training. Online webinars are held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

  • April 1 – Annual Financial Report & IRS Training (8PM)
  • April 3 – TU Social Hour: Volunteer Community Conversation with Chris Wood (5PM)
  • April 6 – Leaders Roundtable: Communications Tools & Tips (12PM)
  • April 7 – Connecting with Members During COVID-19 (8PM)
  • April 9 – Using TU’s New Online Fundraising Tools (8PM)
  • April 14 – Leaders Roundtable: Membership Engagement (2PM)
  • April 21 – Organizing a Leader Recruitment Committee (8PM)
  • April 22 – Leaders Roundtable: Leadership Development (4PM)
  • April 30 – Leaders Roundtable: Fundraising Tools & Tips (8PM)
  • May 5 – Generating & Prospecting Leadership Leads (8PM)
  • May 7 – Keeping Conservation Going this Summer (8PM)
  • May 19 – Innovations Driven by COVID – Tactics & Technology (8PM)
  • June 4 – Planning for the Fall: What Activities Work Best (8PM)


Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

  • Volunteer Leader Login Issues
  • Insurance Requests / Questions
  • Fundraising Program & Support
  • Membership Recruitment Tools
  • L.L. Bean Rod Donations

Lisa Beranek

Leadership Development Manager
(907) 205-0974
Contact Lisa for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
  • Diversity Event Planning