Orvis' Bellevue Shop Harvey Relief Effort

 Orvis is collecting any type of wet weather gear to pass out to relief workers and/or residents.  If you have any items that you wish to donate to the relief effort, you can just drop them off at the Orvis store in Bellevue. The store will overnight donated items to the relief effort.  Also, if you wish to donate money, that can also be done at the Orvis store right at the point of sale.  All donations will be appreciated!
 

Chapter Meeting - September 20

We are returning to the normal monthly meeting schedule.  For September, the featured speaker will be Aaron Bosworth with WDFW.  Aaron will be talking about the potential impact of introduced pike and walleye into the Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish basins.  

In addition, there will be the usual fishing stories, raffles, project updates, good food and brew!
 
Hope you can join us!
 
 
Note - that future chapter meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, rather than the 2nd Wednesday.
 

Document Suction Dredge Activities!

 TU has put together a citizen science application that will allow you to document suction dredging impacts when you are out on the water this summer.  Its as easy as snapping a photo, entering a few notes and pressing a button.  Enter your e-mail address if you are willing to allow us to get in touch with you about your observation.  
 
All you have to do it to go to this web site - https://ee.kobotoolbox.org/x/YDWA.  Just follow the instructions.
 
The app will work from all devices and does not require you to install an app from the app store.  However, you can create a desktop bookmark on your mobile homescreen for easy access using these instructions - https://www.howtogeek.com/196087/how-to-add-websites-to-the-home-screen-on-any-smartphone-or-tablet/.
 
If you plan to use a mobile device in the field where you won't have an internet connection, you must open the web app before you go offline.  You can then go into the field and collect data, and your data will be automatically uploaded once you return to a location with an internet connection.
 

Join Trout Unlimited

 
People joining Trout Unlimited for the first time, can join at a reduced rate of only $17.50.  For more information and to sign up, click here.
 

 Chapter Fundraising Opportunities
 
If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon, you can take advantage of community support programs for qualifying non-profits (like Trout Unlimited.)
 
If you shop at Fred Meyer, you can sign up at the Community Rewards Program.  Just provide your Fred Meyer card number (not a credit card) or the alternate ID you use to  get their reward and fuel points.  You will be asked for the number of the organization that you want to support.  Use 91163 for our chapter.
 
If you shop at Amazon, go to  amazonsmiles.com.  Just walk through the signup process and identify Issaquah-Bellevue Trout Unlimited.  Once you sign up, 0.50% of what you spend will come back to the chapter.
 

 

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.
 
 

 
 Facebook
You can follow your chapter on Facebook! Just click here.
 
 

 
 

NEWS 

Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited has responded to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  To read his response, click here.
 
National monuments to be reviewed per President Trump executive order.  For more information, click here.

Kokanee

Here's a great article in the Issaquah Reporter about the Kokanee fry release ceremony at Confluence Park in Issaquah.  To read, click here. 
 
To view a video describing the problems caused by culverts on salmon spawning streams - click here
 
.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.
 
David Kyle, along with Chris Gregerson from King County have installed Remote Stream Incubators on Zackuse and Idylwood Creeks.  To read David's summary of this project, 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."