Orvis Giveback Days
 
Beginning Tuesday, September 1 and through the whole month of September, the Orvis shops in Seattle and Bellevue are supporting our Three Rivers chapter through Orvis Give Back days.  Just donate $10 to Trout Unlimited at either shop and receive a $10 gift from Orvis. A great deal for everyone! Thanks to Orvis for supporting Trout Unlimited and clean, fishable water.  For more information, go to https://www.orvis.com/givebackdays 
 
 
 Chapter Meetings  - Canceled
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all chapter and board meetings are being canceled for the forseeable future.  Take care and take precautions suggested by medical and governmental experts! 
 
The Rogue Ale House has closed and we need a new meeting place, preferably some place that serves suds and food.  Contact Mark Taylor or email - 3riverstu@gmail if you have any ideas! 
 

 Spawning Grounds Movie - Now Available to Trout Unlimited Members and Supporters
 
 
 We have made this movie, which was produced by Nils Cowan and Hemlock productions, available to all of our members and supporters.  This inspiring film shows the work being done by the Three Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited and our partners to save the Lake Sammamish Kokanee.  Enjoy Spawning Grounds here!
 
On Wednesday, September 9 beginning at 7 pm, we will be hosting a Zoom panel discussion and a Lake Sammamish Kokanee update.  You can register for this meeting at - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vdOqppjgqHNdt3C9lILRzi9S3z8saVsG6
 
Everyone is welcome! 
 

 
Next Step in the Fight for Bristol Bay!
 
Executives of the companies who are planning on developing the Pebble Mine have been recorded on a series of undercover video tapes talking about their plans for the mine.  Of most significance is their plans to continue devleopment of the mine far beyond the 20 year plan that has been presented in the past.  You read a "cliff notes"version of the tapes in this Forbes magazine article.   You can view the tapes themselves on this Enivronmental Investigation Agency  website.
 
The fight against the proposed Pebble mine has reached another critical milestone with the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) on Thursday, July 23,2020.
Produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Final EIS is the risk analysis document that should review all the potential impacts the project could bring to the people, fish, and fish-based economies in southwest Alaska. More importantly, the Final EIS serves as the basis for the record of decision, which will grant or deny Pebble its most important federal permit. This decision could come as soon as August 19,2020.
 
In 2019. Trout Unlimited, multiple federal and state agencies and 685,00 individuals submitted comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, all noting the inadequacies in the Corps' initial document. Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan even weighed in, saying the if the Corps doesn't address all the issues raised in agency comments in the Final EIS, they should not issue the permit.
Even from reading the executive summary, it is clear that the Corps has not evaluated Pebble beyond a conceptual level plan, and hasn't fully accounted for every way Pebble would impact Bristol Bay, which is a failure of their duties under the Clean Water Act.
 
For TU's analysis of the Final EIS, click here.
 
 

Social Distance Fishing
Trout Unlimited is joining with partners in the sportmen's/women's community to launch a #ResponsibleRecreation campaign and we need your help!
 
We are encouraging anglers to stay safe this year when they get outside by following a few basic steps: practice social distancing, wear a face covering, stay local when you fish, and always follow state orders and federal guidelines. It's important that as we get out on the water this year, we think of our families, neighbors, and colleagues. The health of our communities depends on it.
 
Here are TU's recommendations.
 
1. Practice social distancing on the water. The Center for Disease Control recommends staying six feet apart from others, We're taking it a step farther - we're asking anglers to stay a rod's length apart from their fishing partners whenever possible. The standard fly rod is nine feet long.
 
2. Wear a multi-layered face covering when in the vicinity of other anglers. Even a double-layered cloth mask can help slow the spread of the virus.
 
3. Avoid fishing from a boat with someone you haven't been in lock-down with. In other words, if they're not family, don't fish from a boat with them.
 
4. Stay local, if at all possible, to limit exposure to others and limit others' exposure to you.
 
On Twitter, you can go to #ResponsibleRecreation to see more about TU's initiative. You can also post a picture showing your social distancing fishing and have a chance to win a nice fly rod.
 

 
 

Kokanee Recovery Lake Sammamish
 
Our chapter is working with several governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations to restore the last remaining native run of kokanee salmon in Lake Samammish. There is always a need for volunteers for kokanee-related projects. For more information on events and projects that we are working on go to - Lake Sammamish kokanee.
 
Here's a live camera view of Kokanee returning to spawn: click here. 
 
Check out this underwater vide of spawning Kokanee -https://www.facebook.com/KCWLRD/videos/347820499325504/
 
 
The Kokanee Work Group (KWG) is an ad hoc group formed in 2007 to investigate the causes of the decline of kokanee within Lake Sammamish. For more information on  KWG, go here.
 
 

Chapter Activities

 
 
Our chapter is involved in many activities that range from social events, meetings, fishery enhancements and environmental improvement.  Some of these activities are listed below -
  • Monthly Chapter Events at our normal meeting place
  • Monthly board meetings (all members welcome!)
  • Annual Fun Run at Lake Sammamish State Park
  • Annual Perch Derby at Lake Sammamish
  • Issaquah Salmon Days booth
  • Fishing Outings
  • Kokanee Fry Trapping/Counting
  • Candidates' Forum
  • Fishout at Lake Langlois Lake in conjuction with Project Healing Waters
  • Annual Fly Casting Clinic
  • Habitat restoration events, in cooperation with the Snoqualmie Tribe and others
  • Kokanee weir operation
  • Sponsor showing of Fly Fishing Film tour movies
  • Iron Fly Tying "competition"
  • Cedar River cleanup
Volunteers are needed in order to make these activities successful. Come to the monthly meetings to learn more about these activities and how/when to volunteer!

 Wild Steelhead Initiative   
 
Trout Unlimited's Wild Steelhead Initiative and Wild Steelheaders United is an ambitious and hopeful effort to protect and restore wild steelhead. Keep up-to-date on this important project at this web site - Wild Steelhead Initiative.  You can also follow on Facebook - Wild Steelhead
 
The  Puget Sound Steelhead Advisory Group (which was formed in 2017) has held a number of meetings over the past three years in order to asses the steelhead situation in the Puget Sound area and has come up with a set of recommendations that could lead to restoration of populations as they were in the past.  The finished product is a an adaptive and experimental approach for the future of Puget Sound steelhead fisheries and a path toward recovery.  Read the Quicksilver Portfolio to learn about the proposed approach.
 

 
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 QE215 for our chapter.
 
If you shop at Amazon, go to  http://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.
 

Board Meetings 

Board Meetings are 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.
 
Due to the coronavisus outbreak, all board meetings are being held via Zoom.. 
 

 NGO Partners
 
Lake Sammamish Kokanee                               Kokanee Work Group
 
 
Snoqualmie Tribe                              Orvis
 
Ellensburg Anglers                              
 
Flycaster Brewing                           Creekside Angling
 
MidSound Fisheries                  Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
 
Save Lake Sammamish            Friendss of Lake Sammamish State Park

 
Connect with us! 
 
             
 

 
 
 

NEWS 

The Environmental Investigation Agency has released some undercover video tapes of Pebble Mine companie's executives talking about their plans for the mine. An article on Forbes Magazine talks about the tapes. A must read!!
 
16 miles of salmon and steelhead habitat opened up by removal of dam from Middle Fork of the Nooksack River.  Read about it in this NOAA Article.
 
37 miles of salmon habitat opened up by removing dam from the Pilchuck River.  Read about it in Seattle Times.
 
EPA and Corps of Engineers releases Final EIS for Snake River dam removal. Read this article in Save Our Salmon News.
 
tWashington congressional delegation to push for re-start of project to open up salmon habitat above Howard Hanson dam  For more information, click here.
 
WDFW gives Cooke Aquaculture approval to farm steelhead in Puget Sound.  For more information, click here.
 
Coho salmon returns are lower than expected.  Here's a Seattle Times article describing the situation.  Click here.
 
 
It looks like the "blob" of unusually warm water may be re-building in the ocean.  Read about it here.
 
Here's an article in the Bellevue Reporter about Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  Read the article.
 
The proposed Maple Valley asphalt plant may be coming closer to reality. Read this article.
 
Chemicals from tires are suspected in causing deaths of Coho Salmon in Puget Sound area streams. 
 
Here's a good article about experimental work being done to establish a sustainable fishery in Morro Bay, California.  To read the article, click here. 
 
Here's an article about the evidence of climate change on the Big Hole River in Montana.  To read the article, click here.  
 
 Here's an article in the Bellevue Reporter about the low returns of Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  To read the article, click here.
 
You can view Chris Wood's 2017 State of Trout Unlimited address at - http://www.vimeo.com/238398505
 
 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.
 
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,
 
 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