September 29, 2017
TU National Meeting 2017 - New Initiatives
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.