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#1 Posted : Saturday, June 03, 2017 11:41:40 PM
Rank: May Fly

Joined: 6/26/2013
Posts: 282
Location: Wisconsin

In the paragraph titled "Dams on navigable streams", you'll see towards the end that this legislation was crafted solely as a handout to a SINGLE fish farmer in Langlade County. As if that wasn't bad enough, an article in the latest Outdoor News,states that the farmer just so happened to give a campaign contribution to the state assembly member Tom Tiffany, the one behind this nonsense. A little background from the article to those who haven't read or aren't familiar with the area: the individual has a trout farm on a Class 1 stream with several connected springs up and downstream. He has the creek dammed up and it just so happens an invasive species of snails, called "Faucet snails", showed up in the creek right next to his property. People living on the creek report much lower trout numbers and unbelievable numbers of snails on the creek bottom. Last year, I fished one of the springs further downstream, kept 3 fat brown trout, and upon cleaning them found about 50 snails in each of their bellies. Now sure, trout eat snails in these ponds but they're nowhere near one of their main food sources.

Anyway, the bill exempts this farm, and this farm only, from conforming to the rule that dams on navigable waters keep a 25% water flow through them. Though a few geniuses assure us that only under EXTREME drought will this even be a problem. Reading between the lines tells you they don't give a shit if the creek runs dry. The farmer involved is making money off of destroying a section of a pristine trout stream.

And the greatest part of all of this?...The Wisconsin Department of NATURAL RESOURCES did not object to any of this at the bill hearing.

All this requires now is Walker's stamp of approval, so I know this rant is a lost cause. But I had to get it off my chest. Hopefully we can stop future crap like this.

#2 Posted : Saturday, June 03, 2017 11:47:16 PM
Rank: Midge

Joined: 4/16/2016
Posts: 101
Location: Janesville wi
There's another creek in northern Wi that is loaded with both brooks and browns and the best section is labeled as a trout farm. You can go through it but can't fish it. It's complete bullshit.

#3 Posted : Monday, June 05, 2017 1:53:22 PM
Rank: May Fly

Joined: 1/16/2015
Posts: 333
Location: West WI
That's some bs right there. And we have regs for fish harvest, what a joke! R
West Branch
#4 Posted : Tuesday, July 04, 2017 7:52:09 PM
Rank: May Fly

Joined: 9/23/2012
Posts: 182
Location: West Branch, IA
It's hard to know where to even start talking about all the things wrong with this kind of legislation. We are in an unfortunate political climate wherein business concerns supersede the greater good. When money is the ONLY measure of success, worry abut the future.
#5 Posted : Tuesday, July 04, 2017 9:41:43 PM
Rank: Caddis Fly

Joined: 4/16/2014
Posts: 172
Location: Lincolnshire, Illinois
+1 on that, West Branch.
#6 Posted : Thursday, July 06, 2017 11:54:29 PM
Rank: May Fly

Joined: 6/26/2013
Posts: 282
Location: Wisconsin

Hey look at that. The assault continues. You won't find a mention anywhere of the specific creek that may run dry because of this. Swept under the rug and hidden. Why should any of 'em care though...they've never been there themselves and won't have to deal with the consequences.
#7 Posted : Friday, July 07, 2017 1:18:53 AM
Rank: May Fly

Joined: 11/8/2016
Posts: 439
Location: Madison
This is what they do. Chip away.

A regulation here... a cumbersome approval process there...
Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
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