Please note that due to COVID-19, we are temporarily holding virtual chapter meetings. See Chapter Events page for details.
Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month September through May.
Next Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, OCT 20th, 7 pm
Zoom will be opened at 6:30 for people to join early and "social distance" amongst themselves.
TVTU Chapter "Zoom" Meeting Tuesday, October 20th, 7 pm
Amy Hunt – TVTU Papermill Pond Project Update
Door Prizes from JT's Fly Shop and the Fish Connection tackle shop!!
Our guest speaker for the October meeting will be Amy Hunt, P.E. from EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc., PBC. Amy is the project Manager for our Papermill Pond Fish Passage design project and she will give an overview of the project and current status.
Ms. Hunt is a professional engineer and has a background in engineering disciplines such as fish passage and dam safety, water quality, abatement, demolition and construction, wetland restoration, solid waste, storm water quality, and wastewater. She offers valuable knowledge of environmental regulations and law, permitting, site remediation, and environmental compliance and oversees remediation design projects. Ms. Hunt has worked on numerous successful projects relating to permitting, and construction of natural resource engineering projects including fish ladders, dam removal, and wetland creation/restoration.
Ms. Hunt has managed fish passage feasibility assessments and evaluations and designed numerous fish passage facilities to pass American shad, Atlantic salmon, alewife, river herring, and American eel at numerous dams in New England and the Mid Atlantic Region. She has conducted consultation with US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service regarding fish passage needs and designs at various dams in Rhode Island. Ms. Hunt has significant experience in evaluating upstream and downstream fish passage at old mill dams as well as existing and proposed hydroelectric projects. Upstream fish passage structures have included Denil fish ladders and natural step–pool (rock ramp) fish passage technologies.
Even though we meet virtually, by random selection, we did give away a couple of “door” prizes... gift certificates to the Fish Connection and JT’s Fly Shop . So join us for a great presentation and a chance to WIN!!
TVTU Chapter By-Laws Update
Please review proposed chapter By Law changes. Any questions or comments contact any Chapter Board of Directors member. Or, discuss at our Annual Meeting on October 10th, starts 7 pm.
TU President/CEO Chris Wood's Response to COVID-19
Learning How To Cast: An Outdoor Fly-Fishing Program
On Saturday, Sept 26th, members of TVTU 282 assisted by Certified Fly Casting Instructors Jeff Perry and Raul "Ray" Ramos conducted a fly casting class at the Ledyard Highland Lake Park for the Ledyard Bill Library.
"Ray" Ramos and Jeff Perry are certified by Fly Fisher's International. Jeff is a member of the Rhode Island TU Chapter 225 and "Ray" is a member of CFFA.
There were 12students from 9 years old to adults. The Students learned the basic forward cast, false cast, roll cast and basic casting safety.At the conclusion of the class, each student was given a fly (fresh or saltwater of their choice) tied by Jeff Perry.
TVTU volunteers that helped students with individual instruction were Bob Walsh, Gary Lussier, Duke Preston and John Preston.
Pat Gaynor photographed the event. Refreshments and fly casting equipment were supplied by TVTU.
The event was organized by Ledyard Assistant Librarian Lisa Murno.
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From TVTU President Gary Lussier:
Great News from Bristol Bay. Thanks to all that took the time to submit comments opposing the permitting of Pebble Mine. I'm sure the collective voices from TU helped make a difference.
Dear Bristol Bay supporters,
I am overjoyed to write to you with great news for Bristol Bay.
Today, the Army Corps of Engineers delivered a major blow to the proposed Pebble mine by finding that the project fails to meet Clean Water Act standards and that it will not issue a permit for the current mine plan.
This confirms what we’ve said for more than a decade: a place as unique, awe-inspiring and productive as the Bristol Bay region is the wrong place for this massive mine. We are breathing a sigh of relief along with sportsmen and women across the globe, the communities of Bristol Bay, commercial fishing families, and millions more who cherish this unique region.
Today’s announcement creates a huge hurdle for Pebble to have to overcome. This good news was made possible by those of you who spoke up time and again, donated to the campaign, sent letters and spread the word. You made the difference.
As we applaud this announcement by the Army Corps, we recognize our work is not done. We still need you to help make sure we defeat the proposed Pebble Mine for good.
We have always had two goals with respect to Bristol Bay:
We hope you’ll stay with us as we work toward permanent protections for Bristol Bay.
Thank you again for everything you’ve done to help us achieve this immense victory. We look forward to working with you in the next chapter of our work for Bristol Bay. Together we can keep this special place thriving for generations to come.
In gratitude, Meghan and the Save Bristol Bay team at Trout Unlimited
TU’s President/CEO Chris Wood to Essential Workers: Free TU Memberships to All
TU President and CEO Chris Wood offered free Trout Unlimited memberships to every essential employee in America last week as a “Thank You” for putting themselves in harm’s way during the coronavirus outbreak.
In addition to offering free one-year memberships to essential workers, TU is also giving memberships to emergency personnel, first responders and those in the health care community that might benefit from becoming a member of the TU community.
On behalf of Trout Unlimited, thanks to all essential workers who continue to report to work, perform their duties and make life easier for the rest of us.
If you are new to Trout Unlimited, we hope you will accept this free invitation. Join us today. Together, we can look to the future with hope…
Don't Be Like These Guys!
Join Trout Unlimited today at the special introductory rate of just $17.50. Help protect and restore our nation's magnificent trout and salmon fisheries. This low rate is for new members only and $15 of your $17.50 will go to your local chapter / the chapter you select below (more if you join at a higher membership level). Click - Join TVTU
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Thames Valley TU Chapter's Mission: To conserve, protect and restore Eastern Connecticut's trout and salmon and their watersheds.
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