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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

  • Banquet Committee Meeting
    Tuesday, February 27 12:00 pm
    Sangre de Cristo Electric Assn., Inc.
    Volunteer meeting for the annual Caddis Festival Banquet fundraiser.
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  • Colorado TU Gala
    Thursday, March 8 6:00 pm
    Denver, CO
    Our chapter has reserved a table. Please contact us if you’re interested in buying a seat…
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  • Member Meeting
    Wednesday, March 14 6:30 pm
    Sangre de Cristo Electric Assn., Inc.
    Our bi-monthly member meeting. Attendees may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Program: Michael Atwood, CPW Biologist, “The State of the Arkansas”
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  • Banquet Committee Meeting
    Thursday, March 15 12:00 pm
    Mt Shavano Manor
    Volunteer meeting for the annual Caddis Festival Banquet fundraiser.
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  • Banquet Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, April 4 12:00 pm
    Sangre de Cristo Electric Assn., Inc.
    Volunteer meeting for the annual Caddis Festival Banquet fundraiser.
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Reposted from Yale Environment 360
Chinook salmon, an iconic species in the Pacific Northwest that supports a major fishery industry and indigenous traditions, have lost up to two-thirds of their genetic diversity over the past 7,000 years, according to a new study. Scientists warn the loss could make it difficult for the species to cope with warming global temperatures and ocean acidification – environmental changes that are already impacting the fish today.

Scientists from Washington State University and the University of Oklahoma worked with several Native American tribes to get access to Chinook salmon bones from archaeological sites and ancient garbage piles dating back 7,000 years. They then analyzed the DNA in 346 historical samples and compared them with 379 samples from modern Chinook salmon. The scientists found that Columbia River Chinook have lost two-thirds of their genetic diversity; Snake River Chinook diversity declined by one-third.

Researchers and conservationists who study Chinook have long suspected the species has experienced a significant loss in genetic diversity. “Science finally caught up with what we already believed and allowed us to test it,” Bobbi Johnson, lead author of a new study, told The Spokesman-Review.


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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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