Greetings from your TCTU Streamkeepers, and welcome to the spring season. As we begin the stream monitoring program for 2022, the season has been marked with cool temperatures and plenty of rain and snow. We expect that area streams may rebound well after last year’s drought conditions and extremely warm temperatures
Overall, our stream temperatures are currently in the 40-degree range, clarity in streams is good, and there has been little or no spring flooding due to a slow snow melt.
Last year was the first year of our “targeted” Streamkeeping monitoring efforts on Hay Creek, Trout Brook, and the South Vermillion. Our “targeted” Streamkeeper teams were successful in monitoring these streams at least ten times over the course of the season and started establishing baseline data.
Like many of you, some of my favorite moments in fly fishing haven’t involved me catching a fish, but rather helping family and friends to catch a fish on a fly rod. One of my finest moments in a life spent fishing, is the day I helped both of my daughters get their first trout on a fly rod. However, a close second has been getting other young people their first fish on a fly through my involvement with the Foster the Outdoors Mentor Program with Minnesota Trout Unlimited. There’s an undeniable thrill and sense of accomplishment here that you can’t really get anywhere else.
If you, or somebody you know, love to teach kids how to fish, then we have the perfect job for you! MNTU's Education program is looking for a Fishing Skills Instructor from June to August to run its fishing programs in the metro area. You'll work hands-on with kids, and also coordinate and communicate with volunteers from our chapter--a great bunch of people to work with! To download a detailed job description, including job requirements, qualifications, compensation, and application information, please click below.
Our sister chapter in Wisconsin, Kiap-TU-WIsh, has been monitoring water temperatures on the Kinnickinnic River since 1994. Their data showed that the two dams in River Falls were warming the summer water temperature in the lower river by more than 4 degrees F. These data were critical in building the case for removing the dams. Kiap-TU-Wish just finished adding the data from 2021 to their series. 2021 was the first full summer showing the impact of drawing down the lower reservoir. Approximately half of the thermal impact was mitigated; improving the summer environment for coldwater species in the lower river. Part of the funds we are raising for the Kinnickinnic Restoration Effort will be used for continued monitoring of the river, which we expect to show the positive impact of the Powell Dam removal, and build the case for removal of the remaining (Junction Falls) dam. If you want to nerd out, you can download the full report here. Kiap_TU-Wish has a number of other reports on the Kinni that you can find in their Coldwater Science Library.
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