TU in Action: Bristol Bay battle rages on; new beer for greenbacks; your local river, and more

The fight to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska, from Pebble Mine is far from over.

One of Trout Unlimited’s greatest strengths is the host of partnerships the organization has forged with businesses and industry whose leaders and employees value cold, clean water. In Colorado, one of those businesses is doing its best to help TU and our conservation partners give a boost to the state fish, the greenback cutthroat trout.

Odell Brewing in northern Colorado is featuring TU’s efforts this summer to restore greenback cutthroat trout to the upper reaches of the Poudre River, and to waters in Rocky Mountain National Park. A beer partnership may seem a little odd for trout and salmon conservation group, but consider the main ingredient in any good beer: clean water:

To celebrate TU’s efforts to bring back the native cutthroats to their home water, Odell’s is offering a special brew, Cold Water 1, a light pilsner with hints of sage and currant. Sounds delicious, especially considering that some of the proceeds will go to restoring native trout and their habitat in Colorado.

Here’s what else TU, our volunteers and partners are up to this week:

  • TU’s Jenny Weis, the communications director for our Alaska Program, crafted this guest blog for conservation partner American Rivers. The fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine rages on.
  • TU’s Arizona State Council is asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to revisit and extend the uranium mining ban near the Grand Cayon. Sadly, the secretary doesn’t seem interested.
  • TU’s Mark Taylor, our eastern regional communications director, spoke at this year’s Outdoor Writers Association of America conferenc in Fort Wayne, Ind., about the importance of your local river to your community and your economy. Rivers define. Always have. Always will.
  • Our TU chapter in Jackson Hole, Wyo., is helping host a “Lady Anglers Storytelling Night” June 30. If you’re fishing in the area, this is a must. Women are becoming more prominent in fly fishing, which is good for the industry, and even better for our trout and their rivers.

What’s your chapter or council up to these days? Send me a note, and I’ll include your news in the next TU in Action.

— Chris Hunt

By Chris Hunt.