Coldwater conservation is our game!
A restored section of the Musconetcong River ("Musky") below the route 31 bridge worked on in February 2012
Trout Unlimited organizes its conservation objectives around four core principles: Protect, Reconnect, Restore, and Sustain. Protection of sensitive lands within a watershed is critical to the health of any river and for the fish that live there. TU often works with local land trusts to prioritize land preservation or conservation easements whenever they present themselves. Reconnection comes in the form of culvert removals or replacements and dam removals. Reconnecting fish to their up and downstream habitat is critical to the survival of many fish species. Restoration is a more general term and can mean restoration of a degraded stream channel, restoration of the native trees and shrubs that grow along a stream, bank stabilization or all of the above. And sustaining our efforts means engaging multiple partners including youth in our work to keep them connected to their local watersheds so that they will become ambassadors for clean, cold water in the future. These four core principles drive our work in New Jersey and beyond where our nearly 200 staff members work closely with our 400 plus chapters and our 140,000 grassroots volunteers to protect and restore trout and salmon habitat.
September 29, 2017
As I write this, we have NJ representatives sitting in sessions for the Delaware River, Youth Education, and New Initiatives. There are Native Trout and Great Lakes meetings going on as well.
In New Initiatives we’re reviewing the Rescind & Replace the Clean Water Act activity by the current Federal administration, the reopening of the Pebble Mine subject. On the positive side, the House of Representatives is moving on allowing liability protection for “good Samaritans” entities that work to fix coal mine and hard rock mining pollution problems. The Yellowstone Lake Trout problem is improving, with Cutthroat Trout at 3 times their lowest level and the Lake Trout population nearing the predicted “crash” level.
One problem we’re seeing is that TU chapters are not reporting all the activities that they do. There are more Protect, Reconnect, Preserve, and Educate projects going on than National TU hears about. It makes a tremendous difference to the clout of our organization to report all the Education activities, to show all the small projects as well as the occasional large projects. We’ll be working on this for 2018.