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TVTU January Meeting on Video
Did you miss the January TVTU meeting? Click on the link and watch the video.
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 meeting is 2/16/2021 starting at 7:00 PM. Zoom opens at 6:30 PM for social time.
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.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Wednesday that the permit for the proposed Pebble Mine, which threatened irreparable harm to Bristol Bay in Alaska, had been denied.
Meghan Barker of Trout Unlimited wrote:
Citing irreversible and unacceptable impacts to wetlands and water resources, the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision follows the high standards of the Clean Water Act, longstanding science and the overwhelming opposition that Alaskans and the American people have wielded for nearly two decades.
This permit denial happened because YOU stood up, spoke out, and made sure everyone from Alaska to Washington, D.C. knows that Pebble is a bad idea. Thank you.
Our work is not done. Now, we secure much need permanent protections for the region.
Trout Unlimited has always had two goals when it comes to Bristol Bay: First, prevent the proposed Pebble mine from obtaining this permit. Then, secure up-front, permanent and community supported protections against large-scale mining for the region. Today, we check number one off our list and celebrate, and commit to doubling down on number two.
To achieve permanent protections that ensure this special place, and all the communities and people who depend on it, can continue to thrive will involve more hard work and collaboration. We need your continued support.
Our team would like to give each and every one of you a big ole bear hug for continuing to take action and stick with us over the years. This effort, this movement, and this win happened because people stood up and spoke up alongside the people of Bristol Bay relentlessly. Let’s keep up the effort and make sure Bristol Bay gets the protection it deserves.
We’ve shown our strategies work. If you can, please chip in to show you’re committed with us to achieving the long-term, community supported protections Bristol Bay deserves. Please donate today.
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Sweepstakes Winners Announced
Congratulations to the following winners in the 2020 TVTU Sweepstakes!
David Griffiths - Grand Prize: TFO Blue Ribbon Fly Rod - You Choose the Size
David Redfield - 1st Prize: Half-Day Fishing the Farmington or Housatonic with Jeff Yates
George Jacobi - 2nd Prize: Orvis Waterproof Sling Pack
Douglas Zehner - 3rd Prize: Half-Day Fishing in Eastern CT for Two with Mike Carl
Richard Tompkins - 4th Prize: TU Logo Gear Pack: Net, Vest, Shirt & Fly Box
Paul Liberty - 5th Prize: Charles McCaughtry Print "First Light, First Strike"
We truly appreciate everyone who participated for their support. Please join us at coming events and volunteer opportunities.
Check our events at www.thamesvalleytu.org or on our Facebook page.
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
Be sure to select the "Thames Valley" Chapter 282 when signing up online.
Thames Valley TU Chapter's Mission: To conserve, protect and restore Eastern Connecticut's trout and salmon and their watersheds.
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