The following may have met you through your in box this a.m. but in case it didn't....please remember Lahontan also inhabit many of our desert streams in SE Oregon - among others. Protections that allow survival as well as water rights for other uses are playing a more important role than ever.
Did you know that more than 70 percent of the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout in Nevada live in streams less than five miles long and 10 feet wide?
It is exactly these kinds of streams which have lost protections offered by the Clean Water Act over the last decade. Due to a series of Supreme Court cases, the important headwater habitats for Lahontan cutthroat and other trout and salmon have been at risk for the last decade. Please visit or our action center today to help support the EPA's and Corp of Engineers efforts to restore protections to these important places.
WHY WE CARE
Many seasonally flowing headwater streams provide vital spawning and rearing habitat for our wild trout and salmon. Over the last four decades, protecting these streams under the Clean Water Act has provided millions of anglers with quality fishing experience. In addition, where these streams are healthy, they help protect water quality far downstream irrigation and drinking water use.
The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have recently released a draft rule which will restore the protections of the Clean Water Act to many of these small headwater streams, and it will do so while maintaining longstanding exemptions for the regular activities of farmers, ranchers and foresters.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Visit our action center now to support the draft rule, and ask the EPA and Corps of Engineers to restore protections for these important streams as the rule moves forward.
Manager of Government Affairs
National Leadership Council