Reports from local weather officials state that our January was the coldest in 40 years. All of us who were snowed in for several days are a bit relieved that this is not the norm!
Thanks to all of you who responded to our recent survey. We appreciate all of your thoughtful comments and suggestions. We will keep you informed as our project progresses.
Go forth & conserve,
Lexi Sundell, “Adventures of a Woman Angler”
L exi Sundell is a local artist that lives here in Ennis, with her artist husband Ben Sundell. They own RiverStone Gallery and often spend their spare time fly fishing on the great trout waters of the area. I was fortunate enough to sit down with her recently and hear about her next endeavors. Lexi is advocating for women anglers all over the Northwest, traveling and speaking at fly fishing events. Her upcoming talks will be at The Fly Fishing Show in Lynnwood, WA February 13 th and a show in Pleasanton, CA February 25 th.
The title of Lexi’s talk is “Adventures of a Woman Angler.” She said the main themes are focused on “resilience, perseverance, and generosity of spirit”, which she believes to be necessary for fly fishing. In addition, the talk will include funny stories about fishing in the Madison Valley area. Lexi and her husband, Bern, will have art displays at both shows that will feature paintings, totes, and wooden fish sculptures. Lexi has also participated in a fundraiser event on the Snake River in Idaho with the Warriors of Field Organization last year. She spoke highly of the program and how rewarding it is to see young veterans catch fish for the first time in their lives. In the future, Lexi plans to continue giving talks about fishing and continue painting. If you see Lexi out on the Madison fishing or at one of these upcoming shows, be sure to say hello. You might even get to hear a great story – if you are lucky.
We really need your help on this one. Please contact your House member TODAY – and send the word around TODAY to your network – to oppose HB 339, the latest bad exempt-well bill sponsored by Rep. Carl Glimm (R-Kila). This bill is going to hit the floor soon. HB 339 is this session’s attempt to deal with the long-running battle to curtail the abuses of developers and others who are tapping groundwater wells that are exempt from permitting.
This bill was written by the realtor and developer lobby, and it continues to provide loopholes that would cluster wells in developments and cumulatively reduce shallow groundwater and recharge of streams. Tell your House member in your own words:
Though claimed by the realtors to be a “compromise bill,” HB 339 was written by the development community and it doesn’t include any compromises with senior water right holders or Trout Unlimited.
HB 339 violates Montana’s first-in-time, first-in-right priority system for water rights, thereby threatening senior water right holders.
HB 339 will result in less water in streams for traditional uses, such as irrigation, while contributing to additional dewatering.
Hb 339 violates the findings of the Montana Supreme Court in a recent case it issued regarding exempt wells.
There are alternative approaches that can be used to minimize impacts from exempt wells that allow for sensible development and that protect groundwater, streams and senior hate right holders.
SPREAD THE WORD. WE NEED TO KILL THIS BILL
THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION TODAY!
Fish Screen Survey Results
Recently we sent out a newsletter with information regarding potential project ideas for the West Madison ditch. The two options being considered currently are a fish screen or bubble curtain. We received just over a hundred responses to the survey. We wanted to share those results with you: