TU's Statement on recent public lands discussions

To read an Op-Ed by Tim Gavin with Yakima Fly Fishers and TU Chapter 094 and Lisa Pelly, Director of the Washington Water Project , click here.
                                                     
 

 
December Chapter Meeting

The next chapter meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 14, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Issaquah Brewhouse (next to the fish hatchery).  Since Christmas is coming, we will be having our annual Christmas party instead of the usual meeting.  The chapter will be providing a delicious chili feed, cooked at the Brewhouse.  There will be a "white elephant" gift exchange.  Search through your tackle box and find that special item that you no longer use, wrap it up and bring it to the gift exchange.  One of you fellow chapter members will surely cherish it!


January Chapter Meeting

January's meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Issaquah Brewhouse.  Note - that future chapter meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, rather than the 2nd Wednesday.
 
At this meeting, our featured speaker will be Jim Cox, Director of Donor Relations for Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC).  He will make a presentation titled "Sometimes To Save A River You Have To Buy It."  The presentation will focus on how  WRC purchases riverlands across the West to protect and conserve vital river ecosystems and to provide compatible public access.  This is sure to be an interesting presentation!
 
In addition, there will be the usual project updates, fishing stories, raffles, good food and brew. 
  

Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

To learn about this project and how it can affect the Kokanee in Lake Sammamish, click here.
 
Nils Cowan, who works for KCTS television on the EarthFix program, has written an article and produced a video about the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.  To read his article and see the video, click here.

Board Meetings

The date for Board Meetings is changing.  Beginning in January, they will now be held on the first Wednesday of the month.  At the board meetings, business of the chapter is discussed including budgets, projects, outings and spending items.  All members are invited to attend.
 
On Wednesday, December 7, the chapter will be having its annual planning meeting, beginning at 6:30 at the Brewhouse.  This is the meeting were next year's projects and budget are developed.  All chapter members are welcome to attend! 
 

 
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NEWS

Kokanee

Our chapter is a member of the Kokanee Work Group (KWG), a collaborative group trying to identify the causes of the decline of native Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  To see what the KWG  is doing , click here.
 
Here's an article and video about the urban wildlife refuge being created at Lake Sammamish that will benefit the little red fish. To read, click here. 
 
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the State of Washington must remove or repair culverts that are blocking fish passage.  To see what culverts in our area are involved, click here.
 
The Issaquah Reporter has a great article about this year's run of Kokanee. To read it, click here

Here's an article in the Issaquah Press about Wally Pereya. To read the article, click here

To view a video of the 5th annual kokanee fry release ceremony, click here

Take a look at the Kokanee Recovery Strategic Timeline. To view, click here


Steelhead

 For information on TU's Wild Steelhead Initiative, click here.
 
The design for the Steelhead license plate is complete and the plates can be purchased beginning in January of 2017.  For more information, click here.
 
Here's a great op-ed by John Luthanen from the North Sound chapter of TU regarding a wild steelhead fishery on the Skagit River.  To read, click here.
 
Here's an animated video that vividly describes the difficulties that three steelhead encountered as they attempted to return to their native stream.  To view,
 
Take action to urge WDFW to designate the whole Skagit River a wild steelhead gene bank.  For more information,
 
Watch a video named Chrome that talks about the looming threats of climate change and ocean acidification on the survival of steelhead. Click here.
  
Watch this King 5 video about the work being done by the USGS to determine the possible role of parasites on steelhead survival.  Click here.  

NOAA Fisheries has reached the final determination on early run steelhead hatcheries on five streams, For more information,click here

 
To read an Op Ed in the Seattle Times regarding a steelhead recovery plan, click here


Other news:

We recently hosted a Project Healing Waters fishout at Langlois Lake.  To see a video of the event go to You Tube, and select "2016 fish out event."