The Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited works in the upper Arkansas River Valley in central Colorado. The chapter has over 300 members. Its projects run from doing habitat restoration and stream access maintenance to advocating for responsible public policies, and working with a variety of agencies on conservation projects. We offer fly fishing classes, a middle school enrichment program called “Stream Explorers”, have a womens’ group called FlyGals, and sponsor youth fishing derbies. Volunteers put in over 3,000 hours/year. The chapter also provides $9,000 annually for scholarships.

We are also working on an education facility, the Ecosystem Learning Center (ELC), on the banks of the South Arkansas river.

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Upcoming events

  • Caddis Festival Banquet Committee Meeting on Friday, January 26, 2018 12:00 pm at Buena Vista Public Library: All those wishing to volunteer are encouraged to attend. Read more

  • Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:00 pm at Mt. Shavano Manor: Board of Directors Meeting, Mt. Shavano Manor, Salida, 6:00 pm Read more

  • Member Meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:30 pm at Sangre de Cristo Electric meeting room: Sangre de Cristo Electric meeting room, 29780 N US 24, Buena Vista, CO. (Program TBA) 6:30 pm. Read more

  • Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:00 pm at Mt. Shavano Manor: Board of Directors Meeting, Mt. Shavano Manor, Salida, 6:00 pm Read more

For a complete list of events, including all our meetings, please check our Calendar page.

Amy Harmon, Senior at Western State Colorado University, and Graham Bachmann, Junior at Colorado State University have received CPC’s scholarships for the Spring, 2018 semester.

Amy, who is scheduled to graduate in May, 2018, is majoring in Biology (Environmental Biology & Ecology Emphasis); Environment & Sustainability (Water Emphasis). She has received multiple years of support through scholarships from CPC. She calls Crested Butte as her hometown.

Graham, who is scheduled to graduate in December, 2018, is majoring in Natural Resource Management with a minor in Fishery Biology. This is his second year of support from CPC. Graham’s hometown in Buena Vista, CO.

by Matthew Brown, in The Chicago Tribune

President Donald Trump’s administration announced Friday that it won’t require mining companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution, despite an industry legacy of abandoned mines that have fouled waterways across the U.S.

The move came after mining groups and Western-state Republicans pushed back against a proposal under former President Barack Obama to make companies set aside money for future cleanup costs.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said modern mining practices and state and federal rules already in place adequately address the risks from mines that are still operating.

Requiring more from mining companies was unnecessary, Pruitt said, and “would impose an undue burden on this important sector of the American economy and rural America, where most of these jobs are based.”

The U.S. mining industry has a long history of abandoning contaminated sites and leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for cleanups. Thousands of shuttered mines leak contaminated water into rivers, streams and other waterways, including hundreds of cases in which the EPA has intervened, sometimes at huge expense.

The EPA spent $1.1 billion on cleanup work at abandoned hard-rock mining and processing sites across the U.S. from 2010 to 2014. Since 1980, at least 52 mines and mine processing sites using modern techniques had spills or other releases of pollution, according to documents released by the EPA last year.

In 2015, an EPA cleanup team accidentally triggered a 3-million gallon spill of contaminated water from Colorado’s inactive Gold King mine, tainting rivers in three states with heavy metals including arsenic and lead.

The Obama-era rule was issued last December under court order after environmental groups sued the government to enforce a long-ignored provision in the 1980 federal Superfund law. “It’s galling to see the Trump administration side with industry polluters over the America taxpayer,” said Bonnie Gestring with Earthworks, one of the plaintiffs in the case.

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By JOHN CLARKE, from The New York Times

ROANOKE, Va. – Kim Brannock became fascinated by fly-fishing after watching “A River Runs Through It,” a 1992 film starring Brad Pitt. Years later, a co-worker taught her to fly-fish during lunch breaks, when she practiced casting underneath the St. Johns Bridge on the Willamette River in Portland, Ore.

“Besides falling in love with Brad Pitt, I fell in love with that cast,” said Brannock, who lives in Bend, Ore., and designs fly-fishing gear for Patagonia. “I was hooked.”

Women are now the fastest growing demographic in fly-fishing, one of the most male-dominated outdoor sports. That has presented a host of challenges, including finding proper gear, navigating the pitfalls of social media and even developing an awareness for self-defense skills in the outdoors.

Industry leaders say women are the only growing demographic in the sport, which is why they are so crucial to cultivate. Women make up about 31 percent of the 6.5 million Americans who fly-fish, according to the most recent study by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. In 2016, more than two million women participated in the sport, an increase of about 142,000 from the previous year.

A new initiative, begun over the summer and led by the equipment and apparel company Orvis, in partnership with Simms, Costa and Yeti, has among its objectives the goal of an even gender split in fly-fishing by 2020. Next spring, the program will expand to offer outreach events to educate women on gear choices, selection and function; plan classes to build skills and confidence on the water; and arrange mentoring opportunities for future female guides, shop employees and industry leaders.

“It’s completely crazy that fly-fishing has been identified as a man’s sport,” said Kate Taylor, a fly-fishing guide who recently returned from leading a group of six women in Bristol Bay, Alaska. “It takes so much patience and nurturing,” she added.

“It deepens our connection to natural rhythms, and that brings humility and the understanding that you are part of something that’s much larger than our own personal self.”

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