TU Praises Work of Senator Kohl ...

... to Procure Driftless Area Restoration Funding

WASHINGTON – Trout Unlimited today applauded Sen. Herbert H. Kohl (D-WI) for his efforts to include $350,000 in the Department of Agriculture Appropriations Bill for the Driftless Area Restoration Effort.

The appropriation is included in the version of the legislation expected to be voted upon by the full Senate in the near future. The legislation must then gain final approval in a Senate-House conference committee.

The Driftless Area is a unique ecological treasure. Bypassed by glaciers in the last ice age, the Driftless Area’s distinct topography in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois includes deep caves, numerous springs and a vast number of coldwater streams. It has been adversely affected by human-induced change dating to the 1800s, which has resulted in disastrous erosion and flooding.

Trout Unlimited earlier this year released a comprehensive blueprint for regional restoration in a report entitled, “The Driftless Area: A Landscape of Opportunities.” It urged state and federal officials to assume leadership roles to help restore the region’s watersheds and streams and rivers.

“Senator Kohl has proven to be both a responsive and responsible advocate for conservation and his constituents,” said Duke Welter, TU Board of Trustees Grassroots member. “We are grateful for his action on behalf of an irreplaceable, threatened landscape.”

To read TU’s Driftless Area report, please visit www.tu.org.

Trout Unlimited is North America’s leading coldwater fisheries conservation organization, with 140,000 members dedicated to the protection and restoration of trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.