Action to Save the Fish

To All,

Here is an action from Trout Unlimited:

Dear Fellow California Angler,
We need your help – TODAY – to STOP a bad deal in Congress that would harm California’s Trout, Salmon and Steelhead. Please call Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office this today at:
DC-(202) 224-3841                SF- (415) -393-0707                 LA-(310)-914-7300
Urge her to stop an attack on the Clean Water Act.
Your message can be something like this: “I’m a council/chapter leader/member of Trout Unlimited, an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring trout and salmon streams and conserving cold water fishing opportunities in California.  I understand Senator Feinstein will be considering an amendment to an appropriations bill this week that would undermine Clean Water Act protections for critical trout and salmon habitat.  Anglers need clean water for fishing opportunities and I oppose any effort to weaken the Clean Water Act.  Downstream communities also benefit from headwaters protection because these streams are the source of most water consumed in California.  I strongly urge Senator Feinstein to stand up for sportsmen like me by supporting the Clean Water Act and opposing this amendment.”

Be sure to leave your name and address so Senator Feinstein knows you live in California!

As many anglers know, few laws have helped sustain and restore America’s cold water fisheries more than the federal Clean Water Act.  Since 1972, the Clean Water Act has improved water quality in thousands of our nation’s streams and made fishing better for everyone.  However, two court decisions since 2001 removed Clean Water Act protections from tens of millions of acres of wetlands and certain types of streams.

The Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency recently introduced a proposal to clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act.  This proposed rule will restore protections to waters known as intermittent and ephemeral streams – such streams are critical for trout and salmon.  Not only are these waters where many fish go to spawn, they also are essential to the plumbing of a watershed because they’re the source of the clean, cold water that downstream communities and trout and salmon need. You can see a short video of TU’s President and CEO, Chris Wood, talking about the ACE/EPA proposal here:

We have learned that some members of the Senate would rather derail the proposal entirely rather than iron out concerns through the rule making process.  We expect a very harmful amendment to block this rule will be offered when Senator Feinstein’s Subcommittee on Energy and Water Appropriations meets this week.

On behalf of all trout and salmon anglers, we thank you for your help on this important issue.

Brian J. Johnson, California Director Trout Unlimited
Rick Jorgensen, VP Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited