St. Paddy’s Day BRTU Program to Feature Bitterroot Water Resources

 “Whiskey’s for drinkin’, water’s for fightin!” 

BRTU1So for our St Paddy’s Day program we have a scheduled a program about water  in the Bitterroot. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 17 at the Hamilton Elks Lodge at 203 State St in Hamilton.

The speakers will be Ginette Abdo and Todd Myse from the Ground Water Investigation Program at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology in Butte. The title of their program is “Irrigation Recharge and Groundwater Studies in the Bitterroot Valley: looking for links in the chain”BRTU2

The first part will  discuss the impacts and implications of irrigation on groundwater recharge using several examples throughout the State. For the second part, hydrogeological aspects of the Stevensville-Hamilton Ground Water Investigation Program project areas will be presented. This section will include the overall scope of work and preliminary results such as long-term groundwater trends and the use of numerical groundwater models to help predict future land use changes.BRTU3

As always, the public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission.

For additional information, please contact Greg Chester or Marshall Bloom

And, remember! We will be having dinner with Tom at Spice of Life at 5:00 pm before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. So please come join us for dinner.

Information for Elks Lodge 203 State
Street Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
(406) 363-3031  Click here for directions

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Kootenai River Sturgeon featured at February 18 BRTU Meeting

The February 18, 2016 meeting of Bitterroot Trout Unlimited will feature Tom Parker, GEUM Environmental Consultants, presenting a program on the Kootenai River White Sturgeon.

sturgeonThe Kootenai River White Sturgeon is one of Montana’s most  ancient native fish. Isolated for thousands of years from other Columbia River sturgeons, this unique and magnificent fish became a unique species, but it has suffered mightily from  a number of factors including development, habitat destruction and the impact of Lake Koocanusa Dam on the Kootenai. A remnant population barely hangs on, but some very dedicated and talented biologists and streampeople

restoration experts working with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho have mounted a strong effort to keep this special native species from checking out completely.

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GEUM in Hamilton, is one of the key players in this program, and the scale of the work they are doing is truly astonishing. GEUM President Tom Parker is going to give an overview of the fish and the program intended to give the sturgeon a fighting chance today. If you care about native fish species and want to learn about the Kootenai River White Sturgeon, you won’t want to miss this program. tiny.sturgeon

The meeting will start at 7:00 pm at the Hamilton Elks Club, 203 State Street in Hamilton. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

For additional information, please contact Greg Chester or Marshall Bloom

And, remember! We will be having dinner with Tom at Spice of Life at 5:00 pm before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. So please come join us for dinner.

Information for Elks Lodge 203 State
Street Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
(406) 363-3031  Click here for directions

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2016 Bitterroot Buggers program Tuesday evenings 3-8 thru 4-19 FREE

This program is open to Bitterroot youth ages 9-14. Registration Forms are available at Freestone Fly Shop and www.hsd3.org, then choose programs and keystone.

The youth will get an Introduction to fly-tying and fly-fishing; included are
 5 popular patterns
 Essential knots
 Basics of casting
 Picnic and fishing day

For More Info Call:  369-2213 or 375-9999
Sponsored by Bitterroot Trout Unlimited in partnership with Keystone Enrichment ProgramBuggersFlyer2016

 

 

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Fly Fishing Clinic in May 2016 – BRTU and FFB

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Wilderness Waters featured at January 21 BRTU Meeting

A reminder about the January 21 meeting of Bitterroot Trout Unlimited that will feature Zack Porter from the Montana Wilderness Association.

The critical role of wild lands in Montana’s trout fisheries
is inescapable, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the Bitterroot. All of our headwaters arise in wilderness areas, and as the climate changes, these wilderness streams and lakes may prove to the best stronghold and refugia for native trout species like cutthroat and bull trout. Plus, wilderness fishing is usually devoid of the madding crowd and can be spectacular fun.
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The Montana Wilderness Association has been working to promote and protect wilderness waters for decades, and is one of BRTU’s most enduring partners in conservation. MWA staffer Zack Porter will present a program about wilderness waters and wilderness fishing, highlighting some of our local streams and lakes. He will also give an update on some of the issues that are threatening our wilderness areas and how MWA is working state wide to address these issues. If you care about native fish and the future of native trout fisheries, you don’t want to miss this program.

The meeting will start at 7:00 pm at the Hamilton Elks Club, 203 State Street in Hamilton. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

And, remember! We will be having dinner with Zach at Spice of Life at 5:00 pm before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. So please come join us for dinner.

Information for Elks Lodge 203 State
Street Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
(406) 363-3031  Click here for directions

 

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