|GIVE WHERE YOU FISH!
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).
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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