Test of the Mores Creek tour.
Test of the Mores Creek tour.
After years of meetings, public hearings, work sessions and draft products, an updated Idaho State Water Plan was transmitted to the Idaho Legislature at the beginning of this legislative session for final review and adoption.
The Idaho Constitution allows the Legislature up to 60 days to adopt the plan as is or make amendments, otherwise the plan goes into effect as is. Nearly thirty days into the session the House Resources and Conservation Committee held a hearing on House Bill 38 to adopt the plan. Then, a group of House members decided to rewrite sections of the plan.
These House members worked with lobbyists and lawyers to take out references to climate change, riparian and wetland habitat, as well as amendment references to Endangered Species Act protected fish like salmon and steelhead. Many of these topics are in the plan and were shaped in part through participation by Trout Unlimited.
The House Resources Committee held a hearing Friday March 1st to print an amended Water Plan and set March 7th for a hearing on the bill. The 60-day deadline runs out on March 8th and one report suggests the rewrite stands no chance to replace the submitted plan. Meanwhile, others have sounded the alarm.
Trout Unlimited is disappointed in the rewrite given our extensive comments and participation in the process with the Idaho Water Resource Board. We will continue to monitor the situation and alert TU grassroots leadership as events warrant.
By Scott Yates
Chad Chorney, a longtime Magic Valley Fly Fishers volunteer and Trout Unlimited staffer, was awarded Fly Fisherman of the Year by the Twin Falls chapter at their annual banquet on Saturday Feb. 9.
Ben Collins, emcee for the evening, summed up Chad’s accomplishments like this:
“This individual is a firm believer of conservation and education through fly fishing. He joined Magic Valley Fly Fishers several years ago and brought with him an in depth experience in fly fishing, fly tying, fly casting and a willingness to participate in all the club’s activities and even more important, a willingness to become a leader and eventually serve as newsletter editor and then as president for two years. He also took on the onerous task of banquette chairman for two years and was always instrumental in any conservation projects the club worked on.
The only problem, he wasn’t an Idaho native and you know how that plays out in this state. However, he went to work under the tutelage of Dave Anderson who soon had him molded into an “almost” Idaho native.
Then he found a higher calling and went to work for Trout Unlimited where he could really put his fly fishing and leadership qualities to work improving trout waters in the state and lately, he raised his sights another notch and combined his fly fishing with photography.”
Congratulations to Chad and to the Magic Valley Fly Fishers on a successful banquette and another year of working to protect, restore, reconnect and sustain coldwater fisheries in Idaho.
The Idaho State Council of Trout Unlimited met in Twin Falls on Saturday February 9 and voted to support the Senate confirmation of Joan Hurlock to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.
Unfortunately the State Senate voted the other way and she was not confirmed.
Ms. Hurlock is a product of the commission screening process, which Idaho’s hunters and anglers strongly support. The eight-member screening committee unanimously recommended Ms. Hurlock and Trout Unlimited believes that attempts by a vocal but small minority of people to subvert the commission selection process is a disappointing and dangerous precedent.
The Idaho Council of Trout Unlimited will hold an executive committee meeting on Saturday February 9th in Twin Falls at the campus of College of Southern Idaho. Following the meeting the executive committee will attend the Magic Valley Fly Fishers banquet.
Welcome to the new online home of the Idaho Council of Trout Unlimited.
Idaho contains some of the most important habitat for several native trout and salmon species such as the Yellowstone cuttroat trout of eastern Idaho, redband trout across south Idaho, and westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout in the remote mountains and valleys of central and northern Idaho.
And then there’s the anadromous species of chinook salmon, sockeye salmon and steelhead that spawn in the relatively pristine waters of Idaho before they migrate to the Pacific Ocean.
Idaho is taking steps to protect the remaining stronghold habitats for these native resident and anadromous trout and salmon. A Federal regulation adopted by the Secretary of Agriculture directs the US Forest Service to protect about 90 percent of the remaining roadless areas on National Forests in the state about 8.8 million acres of 9.3 million acres. Wild and native trout will greatly benefit from this rule.
Save the Yellowstone cutthroats. Learn more about this project here.
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