Water Worth Saving

The Hot News You’ve probably seen today’s hot conservation news about Bristol Bay already: the Environmental Protection Agency announced this morning the initiation of action under the EPA’s Clean Water Act Section 404(c) authorities. Far from an immediate death blow to the mining project, the good news is that today’s actions unquestionably raise the bar […]

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Seattle’s commercial fishermen, Chef Tom Douglas, Senator Maria Cantwell and more. Maybe the sun will even shine for a bit.

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The EPA has just popped the long waited EPA assessment report(s) on Bristol Bay. From the press release… (Seattle – Jan. 15, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its final Bristol Bay Assessment describing potential impacts to salmon and ecological resources from proposed large-scale copper and gold mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The […]

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Zipping though my twitter feed this morning I spied a post title from Cam – Leases Threaten the Holy Waters; clicking through to his blog the post connected with me on that visceral level reading about another fisher’s (historical) home water. I’ve never fished the Au Sable, though have a lot of friends who have. […]

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From the Native Fish Society – A proposed nickel mine from foreign investors threatens wild, native fish in the headwaters of the free flowing Hunter Creek and Pistol River watersheds in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Southern Oregon.  These rivers are home to several native fish species, including Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Steelhead trout, […]

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Anglo American pulls out of proposed Pebble Mine project. Read more at ADN here.

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Montana TU has sent out a timely reminder about a possible serious mining-related impact on Sheep Creek, a critical spawning trib of Montana’s beloved Smith River, which happens to be home to some of the best riverside shitters in the civilized world. The Canadian mining company Tintina Alaska, Inc., wants to excavate a mile-long exploration […]

From compadre Michael Gibson at Montana TU – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are seeking comments on a draft environmental impact statement that evaluates options to benefit native trout by  reducing lake trout numbers in Flathead Lake.  Competition and predation from lake trout has resulted in drastic reductions in the cutthroat and bull trout […]

This was written a few weeks ago for the launch of Swing the Fly; several friends have suggested I post it here to share the message. A bit long in the tooth for the blog, but what the hell. Complacent No More Making the Case for Getting Off the Conservation Sidelines When friend and fly […]

From Montana TU yesterday – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are seeking comments on a draft environmental impact statement that evaluates options to benefit native trout by  reducing lake trout numbers in Flathead Lake.  Competition and predation from lake trout has resulted in drastic reductions in the cutthroat and bull trout populations in the […]

Thompson Divide Promo from Our Sporting Heritage on Vimeo.

Seeing the Green-Behind the Scenes from Our Sporting Heritage on Vimeo.

Friend of Chi Wulff and Swing the Fly compadre Joe Willauer has asked us to share a heads up about a nifty event coming to benefit the Big Hole Watershed Committee. It’s their Tip the Big Hole 2013 event to be held in just a few weeks the afternoon of June 22nd at the Sunrise […]

A non-fly-fishing relative declared this morning that we needed to stop ‘jousting at windmills’ in Alaska and Montana and ‘get on with the real business of life’. The comment was fired off absolutely out of the blue and totally unrelated to the context of our discussion; while I do appreciate the off-handed comparison to the […]