Wednesday Wake-Up Call 12.16.20

Welcome to the latest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Working with our friends at Trout UnlimitedBackcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation PartnershipThe Everglades FoundationCaptains for Clean WaterBullsugar.org, and Conservation Hawks (among others), we’ll make sure you’ve got the information you need to understand the issues and form solid opinions.

If you know of an important issue–whether it’s national or local–that anglers should be paying attention to, comment below, and we’ll check it out!

1. What’s Next for Bristol Bay?

Now that the permit for Pebble Mine has been denied and we’ve celebrated a successful multi-year campaign, it’s time to look to the future. Although Pebble was stopped, that deposit of gold, copper, and molybdenum is still there, and others may try to exploit it. A post on the Save Bristol Bay website, Let’s Talk About Long-Term Protections for Bristol Bay, lists some of the ways more permanent protections may be put in place.

Click here to read the full post.

For more coverage, check out these stories from around the Web:

1. CERP Turns 20

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, whose goal was to “restore, preserve, and protect the south Florida ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs of the region, including water supply and flood protection.” Writing in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Everglades Foundation CEO Erik Eikenberg argues that it’s time to start working faster to complete projects:

It is now time for Washington to match Tallahassee and Florida’s commitment, with a $2.9 billion “kick start” of Everglades restoration over the next four years, allowing us to make up for lost time on long-delayed projects like the Everglades Southern Reservoir, on which the state broke ground earlier this year.

Click here to read the full story.

For more coverage, check out these stories from around the Web:

3. Trout Unlimited receives EPA grant to expand STREAM Girls

Trout Unlimited staff in Michigan are excited to announce the expansion of the STREAM Girls program throughout the state thanks to a recently awarded grant through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Education Program

The goal of expanding Trout Unlimited’s STREAM Girls Program is to educate more than 275 girls, 35 partners and volunteers, and 1,000 community members across Michigan in local watershed issues through STEM activities and fly fishing.

Click here to read the full story.