Welcome to the latest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a weekly roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. With both Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Wednesdays, it’s been a few weeks. Working with our friends at Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, The Everglades Foundation, Captains for Clean Water, Bullsugar.org, and Conservation Hawks (among others), we’ll make sure you’ve got the information you need to understand the issues and form solid opinions.

If you know of an important issue–whether it’s national or local–that anglers should be paying attention to, comment below, and we’ll check it out!

1. Corps of Engineers Completes Pebble Mine Preliminary Final Environmental Impact Statement

Yesterday, the deputy chief of the Army Corps’ Alaska District Regulatory Division announced that the preliminary Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been completed. While the document is not for public release, it has been distributed to governmental agencies and Bristol Bay Tribes. As expected, the EIS does little to address concerns raised during the comment period on the original draft. A statement from United Tribes of Bristol Bay argues,

The preliminary Final EIS provided to cooperating agencies and Tribes makes it clear that the agency is intent on a rushed process with a politically-determined outcome and will not conduct the comprehensive analysis of the mine that is expected, and legally required, in the permitting process. The near final review has not addressed myriad issues and data gaps cited by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other cooperating agencies.

Click here for the full story from KTUU.

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2. Lack of Fresh Water Threatens Florida Bay

Dr. Steve Davis (standing, far right) explains to assembled media how sea-grass dies-offs have affected Florida Bay.

Orvis partners The Everglades Foundation and Captains for Clean Water hosted a media event three days before the Super Bowl in Miami. At Worldwide Sportsman in Islamorada, Florida, EF Senior Ecologist Dr. Stephen Davis gave a brief presentation about how the flow of fresh water to the bay has been interrupted over the past century, creating periodic hyper salinity and seas-grass die-offs. Members of the media then climbed aboard the boats of local fishing guides for on-the-water demonstrations in the bay itself.

Click here for a report on the event via keysnews.com

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2. TU Taking Applications for the Jeremy Brooks Memorial Internship

Jeremy Brooks was looking forward to a fly-fishing career when his life was cut tragically short.
Photo via Instagram

Jeremy Brooks was a passionate fly angler en route to his dream job as a fly-fishing guide on the Ponoi River in Russia when he died in a plane crash last May. The Trout Unlimited Jeremy Brooks Memorial Internship was established in Jeremy’s honor, and it’s open to any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, who displays a passion for fly-fishing, a strong conservation ethic, and a desire to give back to their community. The two-to three-month paid internship

Click here for more information and to apply.



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