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Deerfield River Watershed Chapter Wins TU’s Gold Trout Award

Kevin Parson, president of Deerfield River Watershed Chapter, receives the Gold Trout award from Jeff Yates, director of volunteer operations for Trout Unlimited. Trout Unlimited photo. Read all the awardees here:

Embrace-A-Stream Challenge

Trout Unlimited
Help the Deerfield River and Cape Cod Chapter Projects
Win a share of $50,000 in the Embrace A Stream Challenge

Dear Massachusetts/Rhode Island Trout Unlimited Member,

I’m reaching out to you seeking your support for both the Deerfield River and Cape Cod TU Chapter’s’ recently awarded  grants and asking for your support of these two Chapters’ great coldwater conservation efforts through a donation to their local projects in the Embrace A Stream Challenge.

This year’s winners of TU National’s Gold Trout Award, our friends in the Deerfield Chapter recently received $6,000 from TU National’s Embrace-A-Stream Program. Now Deerfield is eligible to compete for additional dollars through an online challenge grant. TU National and Orvis have teamed up to offer an additional $50,000. Deerfield hopes to qualify for at least a piece of that additional money.

Last year, Deerfield River Chapter members proved that wild trout are indeed spawning in the upper river, upon completion of Phase I of their Trout Spawning Study. That study also showed that the hydro-electric releases from Fife Brook Dam are having a negative impact on spawning and the actual trout redds. This year, the Deerfield Chapter will be gathering more scientific analysis needed to convince officials at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that Fife Brook’s releases and water levels need to be improved.

Our Cape Cod Trout Unlimited chapter also recently received a 2018 Embrace A Stream Grant for $3,825 to support the Childs River Restoration Project.  This grant will be used to purchase temperature and dissolved oxygen sensors that will collect baseline and post restoration river data.

Now we have a chance to raise even more for our local rivers that will directly benefit our native, salter brook trout!

I encourage our sister chapters and our mebers across the state to support the Deerfield and Cape Cod chapters.  Both chapters have been lead supporters of other coldwater conservation efforts across the state, including  generous contributions toward the preservation of Angeline Brook in Westport and the West Branch of the North River in Heath, having a positive an impact both locally and regionally.

The “Challenge” is a 7-day online giving event to “Give Where You Fish.”  Thanks to Orvis and Trout Unlimited, your donation will help unlock prizes and matching funds from a $50,000 prize fund.
Your donation of $10 or more to either, or both! Chapters can help us unlock these additional funds and prizes for the important work being accomplished by Deerfield and CCTU volunteers.  All donations given to the “Challenge” will go to our restoration projects (with the exception of the standard credit card processing fee).

Please visit and make a donation at:


Thank you all so much for what you’re doing for coldwater fisheries across the state.

With Sincere Thanks,

Paul G. Beaulieu
Massachusetts-Rhode Island Council
Trout Unlimited

© 2018 MA/RI Council of Trout Unlimited

A River Raft for Trout Donation!

“Biologists seriously dislike gaps in data and a recent donation of a customized electro-fishing river raft by a group of committed conservationists is designed to help MassWildlife fill this critical sampling need. The river raft will make it possible for MassWildlife fisheries biologists to conduct comprehensive coldwater fish surveys on previously inaccessible rocky, high-gradient river habitats. This generous donation was made possible by the efforts of actively engaged members of Trout Unlimited (TU) who have been working with Mass- Wildlife and other scientists on studies focusing on brown trout reproduction on the Deerfield River. A whitewater river raft outfitted with a standing platform, booms, droppers, generator equipment, and livewell is ideal for navigating the fast flowing water and less accessible river reaches….
“A variety of people, businesses, and groups deserve thanks for their contributions to MassWildlife’s new river raft. The 12-foot river raft was personally owned and donated by Jim Dowd, an active member of the Deerfield River Watershed Trout Unlimited (DRWTU) chapter. The raft’s custom-built standing platform was manufactured by Don Barnes, a Millers River TU member and president of Regal Vise, a family-owned business based in Orange producing fly tying vises. The DRWTU and the MA/RI Council of Trout Unlimited combined resources to purchase booms and the electrical arrayl droppers. They also donated a valuable time-saving raft inflating device, an electric pump. Finally, the Greater Boston TU chapter contributed fish tags, which will be used in the Deerfield River Brown Trout study. A shout-out to Kevin Parsons, President of the DRWTU chapter, Bill Pastuzek, President of the Greater Boston TU chapter, MA/RI Council President Paul Beaulieu, Council Secretary/Treasurer Mike Vito and Garry Crago of the Trout Unlimited National Council for their leadership. Thank you for making a key contribution to conservation, providing MassWildlife with the means to further our understanding of some of our most pristine rivers and the fish communities inhabiting them.”  (From MassWildlife Magazine, Fall 2018)

Next Council Meeting

September 23, 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00  for Quarterly Council meeting. Please add to your schedules and forward to other interested members of your chapters.

We’ll hold the meeting at Tighe & Bond’s 6th floor office at 446 Main Street in Worcester, Mass.