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The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems


“We are increasingly learning the cost of losing landscapes once thought to be valueless.  The wetlands ecosystem provided numerous services to society that we now are beginning to sorely miss,” write the authors at the Center for American Progress.

The new CAP and OXFAM America report by Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, and Shiva Polefka “The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems” released this spring makes a solid case – in support of jobs,  tourism, commercial fishing, and other businesses.  It demonstrates the real values of ecosystem restoration in positive returns both for ecosystems and for our economic outputs.

The strange myth that environmental protection is somehow bad for business clearly could not be further from the truth.  In fact, restoration not only protects vital ecosystem services necessary to our survival, but also contributes to positive economic growth and employment.  Read The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems via http://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CoastalRestoration_report2.pdf

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The Yellowstone River Guide to Conservation, Recreation, Education and More

Trout Headwaters, Inc is pleased to release the 2013 FREE Yellowstone River Guide  for Conservation, Recreation, Education and other Resources.  This brand new guide gives you everything you need to plan your Yellowstone adventure for a short half-day or for a month.  More, it provides stakeholders with valuable conservation information and many resource links to insure this national treasure is forever conserved and protected.  Download a .pdf  THI.The Yellowstone Guide or download Free eBook for iPad via http://www.troutheads.org

For shops, lodges, guides and others wishing to order FREE hardcopies of the printed brochure please contact us to request.

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Importance of Water to the United States Economy

Current economic literature provides some insights into the importance of water to various sectors, including agriculture, tourism, fishing, manufacturing, and energy production, but this information is dispersed and, in many cases, incomplete.
EPA is conducting a study on the importance of water in the U.S. economy to:

  • Summarize existing knowledge about the role and importance of water to the U.S. economy;
  • Provide information that supports private and public sector decision-making, and
  • Identify areas where additional research would be useful.

As part of the study, EPA has supported the development of a series of papers written by experts to supplement existing information and to present current economic analyses and innovations, and held a technical workshop to present and discuss the agency’s literature review and the expert papers, and to solicit feedback. EPA will release a draft report that synthesizes all of this information in the coming months. The study is expected to be completed sometime in 2013.

Read the full draft background report: http://water.epa.gov/action/importanceofwater/upload/Background-Report-Public-Review-Draft-2.pdf
Read more about the study components: http://water.epa.gov/action/importanceofwater/study.cfm

For more information or to provide feedback to EPA on this study, please contact  ImportanceOfWater@epa.gov

The EPA study is not a new law, regulation, guidance, or policy, and does not change any existing laws, regulations, or policies.

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The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy via Webcast

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is conducting a study on the importance of water in the U.S. economy to better understand how water contributes to the economic welfare of the nation and plays a critical role in many sectors of the U.S. economy. On December 4, USEPA will host a public symposium in Washington, D.C. with speakers that represent a diverse array of industries including agriculture, food and beverage production, manufacturing, recreation, tourism and fishing. USEPA will also release a draft report on the importance of water to the U.S. economy.

Click here to register to watch the symposium via webcast. For more information, contact John Powers (powers.john@epa.gov or 202-564-5776).

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Where the Yellowstone Goes – Acclaimed Documentary Released on DVD and iTunes

Chronicling a 31-day journey on the longest undammed river in the lower 48, the film covers major issues like the 2011 oil spill, along with sweet anecdotal stories and plenty of fly fishing, on one of America’s most wild and scenic rivers.

Director Hunter Weeks teams up with presenting sponsor Trout Headwaters, Inc. to present his fourth feature documentary film just released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digitally through iTunes. The DVD will be available everywhere, including Amazon.com and the film’s official website, wheretheyellowstonegoes.com. The full-length HD download will be available for $12.99 on iTunes Store, and the film can be rented in many locations including Netflix and iTunes.

Over the summer, a 30-city U.S.theatrical tour brought together packed houses of conservation, water, and fishing enthusiasts who overwhelmingly enjoyed the film. The film continues to be licensed for special one-night screenings in cities nationwide.

The DVD is a region-less disc featuring the 82-minute movie, deleted scenes, full-length interviews fromYellowstoneRiverenthusiasts Michael Leach and Al Kesselheim, and messages from Montana Office of Tourism and Trout Headwaters, two of the film’s sponsors. The Blu-ray includes Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

“This is a story about life on one of our greatest, most-preserved rivers. It explores some serious conservation issues along with great fishing, but ultimately is about each of our lives and the impact we make while we’re here,” said Hunter Weeks, director of the film.  

Where the Yellowstone Goes is sponsored by: Trout Headwaters Inc, Montana Office of Tourism, Simms Fishing Products, and Costa Sunglasses. A portion of all DVD and Blu-ray sales will be dedicated to conservation ofAmerica’s rivers.

Read more: http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com/

You might also enjoy: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ed-felker/where-the-yellowstone-goe_b_1652853.html

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Where the Yellowstone Goes – World Premiere and Film Festival Premiere

The World Premiere of Where the Yellowstone Goes is happening May 19, 2012 at The Ellen Theatre in Bozeman, Montana.  Show starts at 7:30 PM.  Seating is limited and this event will sell out fast, so get yours now!  Go to www.theellentheatre.com or by phone at 406-585-5885.

Where the Yellowstone Goes will be coming to these cities!

  •  Boulder,CO
  •  Missoula,MT
  •  Seattle,WA
  •  Minneapolis,MN
  •  St. Cloud,MN
  •  Livonia,MI
  •  …and many more

 For more news on Upcoming Screenings visit http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com/screenings/ 

Host-a-Screening kits will be available starting in June. If you’re interested in hosting your own screening of Where the Yellowstone Goes, get in touch with us for details http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com/contact/

The feature documentary will make its Film Festival Premiere at the Newport Beach Festival in California on April 27, 2012 tickets are available via http://newportbeach.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/wheretheyellowstonegoes_hunterweeks_newportbeach2012 

Be sure to join us (and please bring a friend) to the showing nearest you.  We hope to see you at the World Premiere!

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Where the Yellowstone Goes – Official Movie Trailer Release

Presented by Trout Headwaters and from the producers of Ride the Divide – A feature film about a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest “undammed” river in the lower 48.  Intimate portraits of locals in both booming cities and dusty, dwindling towns along the Yellowstone River, illustrate the history and controversies surrounding this enigmatic watershed leading to questions about its future. Connect with colorful characters, get lost in the hypnotic cast of a fly rod, and experience silhouetted moments of fireside stories on this heartfelt river adventure. The HUNTER WEEKS film will make its premier in Bozeman, Montana next month.  See schedule: http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com

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Expedition Yellowstone: A Hand-Built Drift Boat and 600-Miles of Untamed River

Robert John Hawkins is leading a small crew on a soul searching and inspirational journey floating the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48; the Yellowstone River.  A new film, “Where the Yellowstone Goes,” captures the drama as they’ve rallied together the supplies they need, including Robert’s hand-built drift boat and set course on a journey of grand proportions and life-defining moments. Hawkins and the award-winning film crew will capture the adventure of fly fishing in the amber morning light, telling life stories by a fire and connecting with colorful folks along the way.

The film is supported and sponsored by Trout Headwaters, Inc., Montana Office of Tourism, Simms Fishing Products, American Rivers, and Costa del Mar Sunglasses.

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Too Big to Fail: Chesapeake Bay Economy Valued at $1 Trillion

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The health of the Chesapeake Bay is a big deal.  According to one recent estimate, it could be as much as a trillion-dollar deal.  As the Bay’s water quality continues to be negatively impacted by polluted runoff, its 150-year-old crab, oyster and fishing industries have nearly collapsed.  Blue crab and oyster harvests are at historically low levels, and once-thriving fishing communities are now virtual ghost towns. 

A cleaner Bay would mean a resurgence of crab, oyster and fish populations; and related to that resurgence, a return of tourism dollars and tourism-supported jobs; an increase in property values; and the resultant boost in tax revenues. 

A recent report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (The Economic Argument for Cleaning up the Bay and its Rivers) reveals the real economic benefits that the Bay brings to local, state and the national economies. 

Some of the findings of this report include:

•      In today’s dollars, the Bay is worth $1 trillion related to fishing, tourism, property values, and shipping activities;

•      In Virginia, every $1 spent on better agriculture practices returns $1.56 in economic activity;

•      An EPA study concluded that every $1 spent on source-water protection saves an average of $27 in water treatment costs;

•      The commercial seafood industry in Maryland and Virginia equals $2 billion in sales, $1 billion in income, and more than 41,000 jobs per year;

•      Pennsylvania residents spend $1.7 billion annually on boating;

•      Pennsylvania’s fishing industry brings in $1.6 billion annually;

•      Recreational boating brings Maryland’s economy $2.03 billion and 35,025 jobs per year;

•      Wildlife watchers in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania spend almost $3 billion annually on trip-related expenses and equipment; and

•      New, clean water-technology industries are creating new jobs for the communities within the Bay watershed.

Restoration of Bay ecosystems not only improves the health of fisheries and other wildlife, but also the health of local, state and even our national economies.  Ecological services like the filtering and storage functions of healthy, vegetated floodplains cannot be artificially duplicated. Restoring the health of streams and rivers feeding the Bay, and curtailing pollution entering those waterways, are the only long-term, permanent solutions saving the Bay.  Having pointed out the huge economic value of the Chesapeake Bay, we also advocate a broader view of the benefits of restoring our ecological resources.  Healthy water resources have value beyond what we see on a spreadsheet.  As Oscar Wilde famously said, we must not become like those who know the “price of everything but the value of nothing.”

Author Doug Pickford of Trout Headwaters, Inc. (THI), an environmental planner with 20 years of experience in the Chesapeake Bay area, follows events in the bay watershed as the tide turns from voluntary to mandatory for bay cleanup regulations and protections.   Doug’s blog series for THI will document what is likely the largest and most significant watershed clean up effort in the history of the U.S., and offer his insights into some practical ways to assist the health of this magnificent natural resource.

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