2014 WVTU UPCOMING EVENTS
April 16 - Elkhorn Cleanup
BUCKET BRIGADE: THE VIDEO
PROJECT HEALING WATERS
The Kanawha Valley and the Mountaineer Chapters are actively participating in the Project Healing Waters programs dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. For more information contact those Chapters directly or visit Project Healing Waters on the web.
THE WEST VIRGINIA STREAMSIDE JOURNAL - PODCAST
The West Virginia Streamside Journal is a podcast that brings you audio interviews from individuals who've made an impact on TU, trout conservation, or trout fishing. Sometimes it may be information about TU programs and other times it may simply be fishing stories from grizzled old anglers. For information about the podcast contact Philip Smith.
Episode 1: Youth Programs with Jerry Workman
Episode 2: Money Equals Oxygen
Episode 3: The Hunt For Native Salmonids
Episode 4: Fences and Fishes with Gary Berti
WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program Brochure
TU Comments on Proposed Bureau of Land Management Rules on Horizontal Drilling
TU Comments on Proposed Legislative Rule on Horizontal Drilling in West Virginia
WVTU ADVOCACY & ACTION ALERTS
_We are actively involved in monitoring and influencing policy on behalf of the West Virginia Sportsmen and women who place great value on trout fishing and trout habitat. WVCTU representatives are commonly found in the state and nation's capitol ready to advocate for the best possible scenario for anglers.
WVCTU continuously monitors policies as they impact our trout waters. We keep in close contact with and monitor policies of the WV Department of Environmental Protection, WV Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, National Park Service, NRCS, Municipalities and any other government entity or organization that develops policy or activities regarding the coldwater fisheries of West Virginia. If you have concerns about specific localized impacts you should bring those to the attention of a local TU Chapter in that area. Advocacy concerning statewide impacts that affect multiple chapters are generally decided by the State Council and should be brought before WVCTU. Any specific Action Alerts will be posted here and through direct email communication with all membership.
WVTU Support for the "Birthplace of Rivers National Monument"
On May 19, 2012 the West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited officially became supporters of the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument that if passed by Congress or by Presidential Proclamation, would be in the Monongahela National Forest and encompass headwater streams on the Elk, Gauley, Williams, Cranberry, Cherry and Greenbrier Rivers. Our support for this Monument is contingent that it continue to be managed by the USFS and fisheries by the WVDNR and that no additional lands be managed as Wilderness that would impair or prohibit stream restoration access. You can read the WVTU Support Document by clicking below. We will continue to be a major player in the shaping of this very important proposal to be sure of the best possible outcome within our mission statement as well as to work toward making this proposal as non-controversial for all stakeholders as possible.
For more information, visit www.birthplaceofrivers.org
Resolution of Support Document including TU Contingencies
TU Brochure on Birthplace of Rivers National Monument - What it means to sportsmen
MARCELLUS SHALE MONITORING
These ten inch water withdrawal lines near Big Laurel Creek in Nicholas County are used to withdraw water for Marcellus Shale drilling. This could easily remove all flow from this native brook trout stream.
WVCTU remains concerned about potential impacts to trout waters with shale gas drilling activities in the state. There is well documented sedimentation problems from Marcellus well activities in the region that come from pad activity, improperly designed and maintained roads, pipelines, poor buffer areas and other activity. There are additional concerns that we are monitoring. The WVCTU Marcellus Shale Committee is developing a sampling program for collection of data on impacted streams.
WVCTU is a member organization of the Sportsmen Alliance for Marcellus Conservation. The Sportsmen Alliance is an affiliation of sportsmen and women working together to identify and mitigate the impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling on hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor sporting activities.
The WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program is a partnership between Trout Unlimited and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. The program focuses on training volunteers to monitor coldwater resources in West Virginia and Virginia that have the potential to be impacted by the increasing shale gas development. For information, contact TU's Eastern Shale Gas Monitoring Coordinator Jake Lemon: firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-779-3965
For more information contact the Marcellus Shale Committee - Randy Kesling, Chair: email@example.com
Trout Unlimited National has several staff positions based in West Virginia out of our offices in Thomas. Most of these positions are centered around the Potomac Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative. However, as we expand we are looking to develop more statewide staffing to carry out our mission.
Keep an eye on TU.org and below for current positions:
Watch here for future opportunities with TU in West Virginia - We currently have over a dozen staff members in the state working to conserve, protect, and restore our coldwater fisheries.