Committed to 
Protecting, Connecting and Restoring Arizona's watersheds and fisheries.
"I am not against golf, since I cannot suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout."
~ Paul O'Neil
Message From The President
Greetings!

 Welcome to the August 2021 Newsletter,
 
In the Phoenix area, we have finally received some much needed monsoon rains. However, most of the west is experiencing drought and extremely high temperatures with little rainfall As we write this, we are experiencing first-hand the limitations and restrictions many Rocky Mountain states are imposing upon anglers in an effort to save their cold-water fisheries. Montana has extended their “Hoot-Owl” rules (a requirement prohibiting fishing after 2PM until sunrise) to most rivers and streams. Additionally, Yellowstone National Park instituted “Hoot Owl” rules July 24. You can read more here.
 
August is typical vacation month for many, and an opportunity for backyard barbeques, picnics, and escapes to the mountains or the beach. Now with our monsoons, I hear the fishing is great in Arizona again. Go enjoy this great outdoor playground we have.
 
The Olympics are currently occupying the attention of much of the world. This every four-year event gives us all a chance to cheer for our athletes, and feel some national pride. The team work these athletes instill are reasons for their success. Our team continues to make great strides in our quest of protecting, reconnecting, restoring, and sustaining the cold-water fisheries of Arizona. But we need your help! Check out the articles in our newsletter outlining how you can help take action; whether it is by opposing the Pinion Mine, supporting the Good Samaritan Legislation, or by volunteering for Trout In the Classroom. 

We plan a great 2021, and look forward to you joining us for our various activities and conservation opportunities. Please watch our schedule for upcoming activities.


Help Wanted Needed!
Tired of doing crossword puzzles and 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzles? Then consider volunteering for a position with your chapter board. We currently are looking for a STREAM Keeper leader, and a board member at-large. If interested, contact any board member, or me.

Here are some of the articles in this month's Newsletter.
  • Your Zane Grey Chapter of TU has a new Instagram! Follow us here!
  • Arizona TU (@trout_unlimited_arizona)
  • Native and Wild Trout Conference Goes Virtual
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: TU / Orvis Teen Essay Contest
  • Pinion Mine (Grand Canyon Mine) Uranium Operation/Opposition
  • We need your help!!
  • Public Policy – 2021 Legislative Sessions Wrap Up
  • Wins and Losses
  • FFI Women Connect Event
  • Virtual Book Club: Sleeping Lady
  • Conservation: Abandoned Mine Cleanup via Good Samaritan Pilot Program
  • NPS Targets Brown Trout at Lees Ferry
  • Other Angling organizations
  • ZGTU and affiliates calendar 
  • Follow ZGTU on Social Media
 We’ve gone virtual!!!!
Please join us for our monthly meeting:
Look for our August board meeting announcement.

Until then, 
Tight Lines. 
 
Alan Davis
Native and Wild Trout Conference Goes Virtual
This year, the 12th Annual Native and Wild Trout Conference was held virtually over five nights – April 22 - 26. 
 
The conference covered a variety of topics in 20 presentations by experts in a number of fields. The conference included talks by leaders of Arizona Game and Fish Department, Trout Unlimited and other agencies on the protection and expansion of Apache and Gila trout, forest and watershed protections and the Lee's Ferry fishery. 

Don’t worry if you missed some of the presentations; we recorded them and they may be found on the Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited (AZTU) website at https://az-tu.org/webinars-news/.
 
Check 'em out; they're epic!
Session 1
  • Welcome: Ty Gray: AZGFD Director
  • Welcome: Julie Carter: Aquatic Wildlife Branch Chief
  • Keynote Speaker: Chris Wood: Trout Unlimited, CEO
  • Overview 101: Native Trout in Arizona
Session 2
  • Apache Trout Challenges & Recovery in Arizona
  • Gila Trout Recovery in Arizona
  • Gila Trout Hatchery Updates in Arizona
  • Fate of the Stocked Gila Trout
Session 3
  • Gila Trout Challenges & Recovery in NM
  • Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Recovery in New Mexico
  • Gila and Apache Trout awards / Distinguished Service for Conservation
Session 4
  • Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) / Arizona’s Surface Water Protection Program
  • Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI)
  • Legislation Affecting Conservation, State and Federal
Session 5
  • Lee’s Ferry Trout Fishery, Intro / background
  • Current status of Lee’s Ferry
  • Aquatic Food Base Concerns
  • Emerging Water Quality Concerns
  • Brown Trout Incentivized Harvest
  • AZGFD Trout Challenge/ Fishing Regulations
As always, there are many opportunities to participate in the various activities and committees, make new friends and make a difference. For more information, visit our website at ZGTU Committees, contact us at Volunteer Interest Signup or contact any ZGTU Board Member for details.
Photo by Kyle Nieber
Teen Essay Contest – Win Orvis Gear and Promote Public Spaces!
Now, perhaps more than ever, public lands and green spaces are an important part of all of our emotional and physical wellbeing.  Especially for people living in urban areas,  nearby parks, greenbelts, woods, gardens and urban lakes provide a respite from the sometimes chaos of daily life.
For those lucky enough to be able to travel to a US Forest or National Park for some hiking, camping, biking, birding, picnicking, or fishing, public spaces provide an opportunity to relax in nature. 

This summer, Trout Unlimited wants to hear from any young person aged 12-18 why public spaces and lands are important to them.  Encourage your teens to write an original essay between 600-800 words about why public lands and green spaces are an important part of life.  Judges will choose three winners from two categories: 8th grade to 10th grade, and 11th grade to 12th grade.  When teens enter the TU Teen Essay contest, they get the chance to win an Orvis Helios 3 outfit  plus their winning essay will be published in Trout Magazine. There are also cool Orvis prizes for second and third place winners. 
Deadline for entries is
September 1, 2021!

Click here for more contest details on how to enter:  TU/Orvis Teen Essay Contest 

Good luck!
Opposing Pinyon Plain (Canyon) Uranium Mine Permit
Pinyon Plain (Canyon) Mine

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is accepting comments on their plan to issue a General Aquifer Protection Permit (APP) to Energy Fuels Resources (ERSI), a Canadian mining company, for continuing operations at Pinyon Plain uranium mine. Last year, the company renamed the mine from Canyon Mine in an apparent attempt to disassociate the mine from the Grand Canyon. Pinyon Plain Mine, seen in the picture above, sits within 9 to 15 miles of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We encourage our members to express your opposition to this permit with ADEQ by submitting your input prior to the deadline on August 7, 2021
   By Email | Send Email > 
   By Mail (Must be postmarked or received by Aug. 7, 2021):
    ADEQ
    Diana Gutierrez
    Groundwater Protection
      1110 W. Washington St., MC5415B-3
      Phoenix, AZ 85007
 
Our opposition is based on the following points:
 
History of Contamination
Despite claims that the mine shaft would not hit significant water, in 2016 & 2017 it flooded with water from the aquifer. They have hauled over 1 million gallons of the contaminated water to a uranium mill in Utah. The mineshaft has taken on so much water that the company has resorted to spraying the uranium-laced water into the air, as can be seen in this picture, to keep the holding pond from overflowing. Thirty million gallons of water have been contaminated and the mineshaft is still flooding.
 
Impact on the Havasupai Tribe
There are 11 Indian tribes who call the Grand Canyon area home. The Havasupai Tribe is the one most vulnerable to groundwater contamination from uranium mining from the Pinyon Plain Mine. Their name means “people of the blue-green water”. Their only source of water is the Havasu Creek with its headwaters very near the Pinyon Plain Mine.

Havasu Falls

Contamination for Millions
All the ground water in the Grand Canyon region ultimately flows to the Colorado River. That’s where 40% of Arizona’s water comes and 40 million people downstream of the Grand Canyon get their water from the river. It is in our best interest to protect our precious source of water.
 
Economics
The Canyon Mine employed 10 people in 2017 and reported 2 employees in 2019. The mine owner, Energy Fuels, states that it would employ 60 people for the 10 years it would operate before the ore is depleted. The Grand Canyon National Park supported 7,222 jobs in 2017. It has an annual economic impact of $938M and provides $160M in state & local taxes, with no end in sight, provided we keep it free of environmental hazards. Mining companies pay no royalties on the minerals they extract on federal lands.
 
Please let your voice be heard by Aug 7, 2021.

2021 Legislative Sessions Wrap-up

The 2021 Arizona legislature has concluded. Here is a summary of the bills we influenced, led by Nate Rees:
Wins:
  • HB2056/ SB1368: Water Conservation “Use it or lose it” Passed
  • This bill allows in-stream water right holders to not pump their allocated amount and still retain their water rights permit. Good for riparian area, wildlife and downstream users.
  • HB2127/ SB1384: AZ Heritage Fund Passed
  • This bill dedicates 5 million to the Arizona Heritage Fund, these funds are spent on improving parks, trails and preserving historical sites.
  • HB2248/ SB1175: ACC Renewable energy regulations Defeated
  • This bill would take away the Arizona Corporation Commissions authority to regulate utility companies on how electricity is produced, e.g. Solar, hydro, wind etc.
  • HB2702: Limiting the sale of private lands to Fed. Defeated
  • If a private land owner wanted to sell their land to a branch of the federal government (Forest Service, BLM, Fish and Wildlife) it would first have to be approved by a Arizona state legislative committee.
  • Governors Healthy Forest Initiative:
  • HB2247/SB1177, Forest products processing tax credit Passed
  • This bill gives logging companies a tax credit based on the amount of slash/ biomass that is removed from the forest.
  • HB2440/SB1442, Hazardous vegetation removal Passed
  • This bill funds the forest thinning on state lands and addresses invasive plant removal like Tamarisk.
  • HB2691: ADEQ Surface Water Protection bill Passed
  • This bill puts a state water quality protection on perennial streams. This is a second layer of protection from the federal Clean Water Act
Losses:
  • HB2679: Ground water monitoring Defeated
  • Would give counties and cities outside of a AMA the ability to monitoring ground water pumping.
  • HB2003/SR1002: Support of proper forest management Defeated
  • A resolution that would outline the states support for proper forest management. And how important forest restoration is to the watersheds that supply the Phoenix valley.
  • HCR2034/SCR1046: AZ outdoor recreation economy Defeated
  • A resolution that outlines the importance of public lands and outdoor recreation to the states economy.

The AZTU Public Policy Committee (PPC) hosts a virtual meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 until 8:00 PM. If you are interested, please contact Tom Osterday at publicpolicychair@zanegreytu.org

Women's Virtual Book Club: 

Book - Sleeping Lady by Sue Henry

Need more info? Contact Marcia Lescault: LescaultMarcia@yahoo.com  

Next conversation: Thursday, SEPTEMBER 16th, 6 PM

Join us whether you've read the book or not! 

Call In: 712-432-0220
Access code: 4632017
Social Media: 
Check out the Instagram page for
Arizona of Trout Unlimited: @Trout_Unlimited_Arizona
If you're more traditional, try signing up for the private Facebook group: Arizona Women of Trout Unlimited.
500,000 Abandoned Mines in the US - WE HAVE A PROBLEM !
Many of us are familiar with Good Samaritan legislation in regards to helping someone in need, but a pilot permit system for Good Samaritan Groups to clean up Point-Sourced Mines could use your attention. Please take a few minutes of your day to view this informative presentation by Ty Churchwell - TU Staff, Durango, CO, Nikki Julien - Arizona Wildlife Federation, and Nathan Rees - TU AZ Angler Conservation Program.
Trout in the Classroom Returning to Schools! 

Summer vacation for students and teachers is nearly over and preparations have been challenging for returning safely with various COVID-19 guidelines.
 
Trout Unlimited volunteers and the Arizona Game and Fish Department have also been planning for the upcoming school year.

The Arizona TU Council and AZGFD have just announced the program is planned to be conducted for the school year 2021 - 2022. 
 
Chemicals and equipment needs will be reviewed with all schools in August to properly prepare for upcoming school year. The annual fall workshop for new teachers and volunteers is expected to be a virtual workshop (Zoom) scheduled for mid or late September. Eggs are expected to be delivered in late October. 

We hope this will give teachers time to organize classes and make decisions for their school.
 
This school year the Arizona TU chapters will be supporting an estimated 35 schools statewide.  ZGTU expects to support 20 of the schools. 
 
Also, there are several openings for new schools to join the program. If you know a school or teacher who would like to know more about joining the TIC program, please request they submit their contact information (email, phone number and school) to info@aztic.org before September 1st
 
Volunteers are needed in many different roles and the amount of time is very rewarding and minimal over the school year. More information on the TIC program, how to sign-up as a volunteer and for newsletters can be done by sending an email to info@aztic.org
TIC Logo (AZ in 2021)

Make sure to follow our new Instagram at this location!

National Park Service targets brown trout at Lees Ferry
by Jim Strogen
The Colorado River below Lake Powell is a blue-ribbon rainbow trout fishery loved by anglers across the country. While this reach is among the prettiest places that I have fished, and one that I try to return to as often as possible, there are issues on the river that are important to monitor and are cause for concern. 
Trout Unlimited has members on the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program’s Adaptive Management Work Group and the Technical Work Group as recreational fishing representatives. Besides advocating for actions to protect the rainbow trout fishery, these representatives are very active in discussions on a variety of issues that are important to the native fish further downstream, and the overall health of the river system.
There are 26 stakeholder groups... Continue Reading. Click Here!
Looking for a Fishing Opportunity?
Below is a list of fishing organizations in Arizona. Feel free to join, explore, visit their websites or attend a meeting to find out more information:
Organization
Arizona Flycasters Club
Sunnyslope Community Center | 802 E. Vogel Ave. Phoenix, AZ
Link To Website

Fly-Fishing Social Event night - 2nd Thursday of each month. Great speaker and awesome raffle. Donations support our Community outreach partners from Veterans to Youth activities.
Contact
Desert Fly Casters
Check website for details.

General meeting 2nd Wednesday of each month. There may be some exceptions so check website for details.
Sun City Grand Fishing Club
Sun Lakes Fly Fishing Club
Payson Fly Casters
White Mountains Fly Fishing Club
http://flyfishingwm.com/
White Mountains Lake Foundation
AZFISHBOOK offers a variety of social activities. Listed below are some of the activities available.

Check out the AZFISHBOOK Groups at:
Looking for buddy to fish with?
Signup for AZFishBook Newsletter:
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REMEMBER:
Your Conservation License Plate Supports TU Programs
The Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC) license plate fund is derived from the sale of wildlife conservation license plates and member organizations as well as non-member organizations are eligible to apply for those funds. 

The Arizona TU Council and Chapters have received funds over the past seven years in support of the Annual Native and Wild Trout Conferences and the Trout-In-the-Classroom programs.
 
The next time your registration comes up for renewal, choose the conservation license plate option at registration to show your support for conservation and our projects. 
Combined Calendar 
AZ Trout Unlimited & Chapters, Arizona Flycasters Club and several other area fishing and conservation calendars
You may access our calendar here
Zane Grey Trout Unlimited
Protect. Reconnect. Restore. Sustain. Conserving coldwater habitat in the desert southwest.