Sediment Pollution

  1. Suction Dredge Mining Reform in Washington State

    TU is working hard to address a serious problem impacting Washington’s watersheds and threatening the health of our native fish populations: unregulated suction dredge mining and other forms of motorized mineral prospecting.

    All streams in Washington are currently open to suction dredging, including designated Critical Habitat for threatened and endangered salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. The “Gold and Fish” regulations fail to protect our native fish.
  2. Great Lakes Advocacy


    The Great Lakes are threatened by invasive species, pollution, and emerging commercial aquaculture proposals, creating a need for state and federal policies that protect the Great Lakes and sustained public funding for Great Lakes restoration efforts.

  3. Upper James River Home Rivers Initiative


    The Upper James River watershed drains more than 3,000 square miles of western Virginia encompassing 10 counties and hundreds of tributary streams -- the lifeblood of the James River.

  4. Eastern Sierra Trout Project


    The Eastern Sierra is well known for its majestic peaks, geographic isolation, and world-class angling for wild trout. This region often draws comparisons to Montana for its diverse year-round fishing opportunities in the Walker, Owens and Carson River watersheds.

  5. Truckee River Project


    The Truckee River watershed offers one of the most diverse fishing experiences in the West. One can find pure Lahontan cutthroat trout in the Truckee's headwaters in roadless backcountry above iconic Lake Tahoe, the country's largest alpine lake.

  6. Eastern Shale Gas Monitoring Program


    Central Appalachia’s coldwater streams are still struggling from century-old impacts from past energy development. This, coupled with urbanization and other land management issues, has left us with few intact and healthy wild and native trout watersheds.

  7. Metolius River Stewardship Project


    TU is working to restore habitat and water quality for native redband, bull trout, salmon and steelhead habitat on central Oregon’s Metolius River, one of the state’s most popular fishing destinations. The Metolius supports one of the healthiest populations of bull trout in the lower 48 states.

  8. West Virginia Fencing Project


  9. Gunnison River: Concrete Levy Restoration


    TU partnered with a landowner on restoration of a 500-foot section of bank on a popular recreational stretch of the Gunnison River that had been covered with concrete rip-rap. The armored bank was causing channel incision, and depositing sediment in undesirable location.

  10. Driftless Area Restoration Effort


    The unique 24,000 square-mile unglaciated Driftless Area in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River basin is a natural resource treasure.  The scenic landscape with its steep hills and rocky bluffs is home to one of the country’s most remarkable freshwater resources—over 600 coldwater limestone


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