April 2019

Proposed Federal Budget and the Great Lakes

Minnesota Public Radio reports that President Trump’s budget request calls for spending $30 million on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program intended to remove toxic pollution, fight invasive species and deal with other longstanding environmental problems in the eight-state region. That’s a 90 percent cut from the $300 million the program has gotten in…

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Conservation Congress Spring Hearing Locations

Please set aside the evening of April 8th to attend the Annual County Congress Spring Rule hearings. For all hearing locations and other related information, click on Spring Hearings. The Bayfield County hearings will be held at 7:00 PM at the Drummond High School, 52440 Eastern Ave, Drummond, WI 54832 with the Douglas County hearings being…

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Mercury and the Environment

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The current rule has been in place since 2011 to limit the release of toxic mercury and other hazardous air pollution from coal-fired power plants.  Mercury contamination in fish has been a long-standing public health concern.  For more information,…

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Clean Water Act

The Trump administration has proposed to limit Clean Water Act protection of smaller streams and many wetlands. Trout Unlimited has expressed their opinion on the proposed rule change. Click on TU Position for a look at their take on the issue. This proposed rule change could have a significant effect on the health of many streams. …

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Fall 2018 Fishway Update

Department of Natural Resources fisheries personnel have completed the fishway counts for the fall of 2018. The link to the most recent counts downloads as a pdf file that requires Adobe® Reader®. If you don’t have this software you can download it free by clicking on the Adobe Reader link below.  Click 2018 Fall Fishway…

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Spawning Steelhead

You might enjoy a video of steelheads spawning behavior in the Brule River. The video displays steelheads spawning behavior taken on the site of a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spawning habitat improvement project built in 1998. Click on Spawning Steelhead to view this video. Since construction, this spawning area has been used by brown…

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South Shore Railroad Grade Update

February 11, 2019 Update Great news! We’re hopefully one step closer to getting this threat removed. Funding Status – The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff informed WDNR’s Paul Piszczek that the most recent $65,000 grant request has been tentatively approved. As everyone knows, you can’t actually spend money until you actually have it in…

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Extended Trout Season (Steelhead) Opens

The Brule River north of U.S. highway 2 has an extended trout season (for steelhead) that opens the last Saturday in March.  Click on trout regulations for the 2019 – 2020 regulations.

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Annual Spring Cleanup

The Club’s cleanup day is scheduled for April 27th, depending on the weather. May 11th is the backup date if the event needs to be rescheduled. Volunteers should meet at 9 AM in Brule for coffee and to sign up for their road segments.  See you there.

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