Category Archives: Alerts

Calls needed Wednesday morning, April 24, to keep trout fisheries protections in Senate Game & Fish bill

Calls needed Wednesday morning, April 24, to keep trout fisheries protections in Senate Game & Fish bill The Senate Game & Fish bill contains three key protections for trout fisheries in southeast MN.  The bill has unexpectedly been schedule to be heard at 12:00 Wednesday by the Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Division of the [...]

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Calls Needed in Support of Fishing License Fee Increase

Minnesota TU members, anglers & conservationists: As you are undoubtedly aware, efforts to get the MN Legislature to approve long overdue increases in fishing license fees have stalled in both House and Senate. We urgently need you, your friends, fishing buddies, neighbors, etc., to contact your legislators, as well as the leadership of both bodies. [...]

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Let your members of Congress know it is time to act to stop Asian carp

Senator Klobuchar and Rep Ellison are poised to introduce legislation aimed at stopping the spread of Asian carp above the St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam, slowing their advance up the Mississippi River, and directing federal resources at research to control/suppress them. I was in Washington D.C. last week in part to garner support from [...]

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IRA charitable donation

Investors that need to or want to make tax-free donations should consider an IRA charitable donation. Congress extended this provision through 2011, but it will lapse in 2012 unless lawmakers act. Investors over 70½ may contribute up to $100,000 of IRA assets into one or more qualified charities, namely Minnesota Trout Unlimited. There is no [...]

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Bad ballast water bill may be voted on tomorrow – contact your U.S. Representative today and urge they protect Minnesota waters from AIS introductions.

A bad bill is being considered in Congress as early as tomorrow, Friday, November 4. It would derail progress in the effort to protect Lake Superior and other Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species introduced in the ballast water tanks of foreign ships and spread by ballast water discharges of intra Great Lakes vessels. We [...]

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DNR to give more special privileges to Lutsen, allowing it to drain more Poplar River water at the worst possible time. Calls and letters needed by November 4.

The MNDNR recently announced it plans to give Lutsen Mountains Corporation more special treatment and permit it to nearly drain the Poplar River just when the eggs of fall spawning “coaster” and stream resident brook trout lie incubating in the river gravel.  Read on to learn how you can voice your strong objections to this [...]

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Help stop legislation allowing removal of vital base flow from the Poplar River, a popular North Shore trout and steelhead fishery.

Poplar River coaster captured in 2007   Legislation is advancing in both the Minnesota House and Senate which would grant a special exemption to one business to enable it to withdraw 150,000,000 to 200,000,000 gallons of water annually from the Poplar River.  Withdrawals would occur during the period of low winter flows and threaten to [...]

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Coldwater fisheries and Trout Unlimited need your help….

Dear Minnesota Trout Unlimited members and supporters: Coldwater fisheries and Trout Unlimited need your help over next couple days to prevent Congress from using HR 1 to block clean water and air protections, and gut conservation funding. Many of you are busy with TU and conservation matters, preparing for (or going ) fishing, or dealing [...]

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MN House and Senate environment finance bills up for floor votes today…

Dear Minnesota TU Leaders and members: Last week committees in both the Minnesota House and Senate pushed through environment and natural resource funding bills.  Both bills cut a disproportionate amount of funding from natural resource protection and management, and each contains a number of very bad policy provisions which were hurriedly inserted into these finance [...]

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