By Rick Nyles
I’m fortunate to live in Pennsylvania, second only to Alaska in miles of running water. For a trout angler and guide such as myself, my home state provides me a chance to fish my favorite waters and search for new destinations.
Yet while thousands of Pennsylvania’s streams support healthy populations of wild trout, this is also a state with a sad legacy of mistreatment of our waters. It’s heartbreaking to see streams that are lifeless due to toxic runoff from abandoned mines.
Thanks to sensible water protections, such as those afforded by the Clean Water Act, and to work by groups such as Trout Unlimited, we are making progress in restoring some damaged streams while protecting others.
As a fisherman, this has created more places for me to fish. And, as a fishing guide, it’s good for my business, Sky Blue Outfitters.
The EPA recently announced that it is reviewing the Clean Water Rule, which provides protections to headwaters under the Clean Water Act. This is a reasonable rule supported by science, and one that helps ensure clarity and consistency that’s good for states and industry alike.
Headwaters, even those that don’t flow year-round, are critical to the health of our larger rivers. What goes into those small streams eventually ends up downstream, after all. Why would we not want to afford protections to those waters?
Rick Nyles is the owner of Sky Blue Outfitters, a TU Gold Business.