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A Full Service Fly Shop for 17 years. Serving Minnesota's Northshore of Lake Superior, Bois Brule River, St. Louis River, Mississippi River and Boundry Waters Canoe Area. I am always exploring new waters...Follow me on Facebook!
Owner: John Fehnel
Movie Night at the Shop
Friday June 16, 7:00pm
Featured Film: Catch Magazine Season 8
Free popcorn and BYOB to Boot.
Photo Credit: Todd Moen
Environmental News: Protect our Waters
Yesterday, the new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue confirmed that federal agencies will continue the two-year, science-based study of the watershed of the Boundary Waters and whether or not sulfide-ore copper mining should be allowed next to the Wilderness.
Regarding the current environmental review, Secretary Purdue said, "we are determined to proceed in that effort and let it run its course. No decision will be made prior to the conclusion of that."
Chief Tidwell added "... the only thing I would add is that the study allows us to really pull together the information, the data and look at the overall balance."
He further elaborated, "this gives us a chance to be able to pause, collect the information, to be able to visit and really meet with the public."
Secretary Purdue concluded with a this message, "While our motto is 'do right and feed everyone,' as a veterinarian, I also ascribe to the Hippocratic Oath: "first of all, do no harm." And we hear you loud and clear."
Twin Metals, Antofagasta and mining industry allies have been pushing hard for the Trump administration to reverse previous decisions that protected the Wilderness from the Twin Metals mine proposal, and to cancel the scientific study on protecting lands around the Boundary Waters from this type of mining.
Photo Credit: Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Today the Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator, Scott Pruitt, struck a backroom deal with the Pebble Limited Partnership to build a huge open pit ine near some of our nation's most precious waters. This announcement could remove the proposed protections for Bristol Bay that we have worked so hard to achieve over the past decade.
"If the Trump administration’s strategy is to put a foreign mining company first—and America’s greatest wild salmon fishery dead last—then sadly it’s succeeding. Today EPA settled a lawsuit with Northern Dynasty Minerals—the Canadian junior mining company behind the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The settlement has not yet been filed with the court, but according to EPA and Northern Dynasty press releases it will shelve an Obama-era Proposed Determination to protect Bristol Bay. EPA agrees it will start the process of withdrawing its Proposed Determination and Northern Dynasty Minerals agrees to dismiss the lawsuit.
EPA Administer Scott Pruitt claims the settlement is about providing Pebble a "fair process," but in reality it's putting Pebble Mine first and Bristol Bay second. If he is really serious about "listening to all voices as this process unfolds," then it’s time to listen to what the people of Alaska and Bristol Bay want. Spoiler alert: they do not want the Pebble Mine. More than 65 percent of Alaskans, 80 percent of Bristol Bay residents and Native communities, and 85 percent of commercial fishermen oppose the mine."
Article ~ Tayrn Kiekow Heimer; Full Article https://www.nrdc.org/experts/taryn-kiekow-heimer/epa-settles-lawsuit-puts-pebble-mine-first-america-last
Good Luck to all of the Anglers!
Blue Winged Olives are Everywhere!
Pictured: Tim Rajeff
Tim Rajeff, Echo owner and designer of Echo Fly Rods came up and visited the shop this week! He is a super down to earth and a phenomenal angler. He did a pretty decent job of managing the fat bike too.
Photo of the Week
Pictured: Al Krimbram
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