EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy writes in the Huffington Post: “To have clean water downstream in our rivers and lakes — and enjoy the economic growth clean water brings — we need healthy headwaters upstream. In fact, a recent survey found that 80 percent of U.S. small business owners favor including small streams and headwaters in federal clean water protections, because every business in America needs clean water to thrive.” >Read the Full Op Ed
Nutrient pollution is one of the nation’s most widespread and costly environmental problems. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus from farm and lawn fertilizer, livestock waste, roads and houses, faulty septic systems, and treated sewage can turn waters green with slime and pollute waters for swimming, boating, and fishing. To help raise awareness about this growing environmental problem, EPA created a short video to illustrate the potential impacts of nutrient pollution. See Video> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCicSNnKUvM
Healthy, functioning floodplains, combined with efforts to reduce point source and non point source pollutants, are key to improving water quality. Trout Headwaters, Inc works to restore and protect floodplains and healthy riparian vegetation zones in order to filter and absorb excess nutrients before they enter our waterways.
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
Visit the Taimen Conservation Project Camp in Mongolia (watch Vol. 1 of National Geographic’s Monster Fish Program “The Last Refuge of Taimen” hosted by fisheries biologist Dr. Zeb Hogan)
This series follows University of Montana graduate student Dan Bailey as he travels the wilds of Mongolia to survey and tag Taimen, the world’s largest trout. From the team’s remote field camp, Dan will post to the Club EcoBlu blog as he assists with the Taimen Conservation Project this summer. Taimen are highly endangered, have been known to grow to 6-ft long and more than 200 lbs. The information gathered will aid in drafting a conservation plan to protect this megafish. Trout Headwaters, Inc. is a sponsor of the project.
Notes from the Field – June 10, 2011
Overseen by Nuka, a Mongolian graduate student from the Ecology Department at the National University of Mongolia, tagging begins June 15 for the Taimen Conservation Project. We are really excited to work in collaboration with the National University to preserve the world’s largest trout. Every Taimen caught this season, and in the future, will be outfitted with a 12mm radio frequency tag. These small tags are injected directly underneath the skin between the pelvic fins. This non-invasive approach will ensure that each fish tagged will be released back into the river healthy and begin providing valuable scientific knowledge on growth rates, migration patterns, and overall numbers of fish found in this beautiful river.