A Film about the Fight to Save Two National Treasures

The Fight to Save Two National Treasures

Bristol Bay, Alaska. Florida’s Everglades. Two national treasures thousands of miles apart with one thing in common: the possibility of losing them. Together with Trout Unlimited, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and the outdoor community, we’re proud to present: Everyone In Between.

This short film explores the value, wonder and threats to these bucket list fisheries through the eyes of fishing guide, Captain John Landry. Watch the full film and discover why wild places like these are worth fighting for.

Premiered November 10, 2020

Why this matters to you.

The U.S. Congress consists of 100 Senators and 435 Representatives, all of whom vote on matters affecting our nation’s wild places.

It’s important to fight for these issues across all 50 states. Regardless of where you live, your voice matters. To protect these national treasures, it takes pressure from everywhere and everyone.

Learn more about these issues and how to take action below.

The Everglades

Desire for progress in the late 1800’s stemmed consequences that left the Everglades in peril still today. Industrial agriculture has influenced water management and political inaction for decades to the detriment of Florida’s coastal estuaries and the Everglades.

Toxic algae blooms, fish kills, habitat degradation, supercharged red tide and a threatened drinking water supply for millions are just a few of the environmental consequences impacting Florida’s economy and public health. There is a solution through the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, but your voice is needed to ensure political action and follow through.

Restoring the Everglades is a multifaceted effort. Two of the most important components are restoration infrastructure and water management. Building infrastructure to restore the Everglades is critical, but utilizing this infrastructure to send water south is even more critical. Billions of dollars have been spent on Everglades restoration projects, yet every dry season water managers hold back water from flowing into the Everglades. How Lake O is managed during the dry season impacts the Everglades and the likelihood and intensity of discharges to the coasts during the wet season.

Bristol Bay

A foreign mining company is proposing to build a massive open pit copper and gold mine in the headwaters of one of the planet’s greatest wild salmon fisheries—Bristol Bay, Alaska. Pebble would be the largest mine in North America and runs a high risk of polluting Bristol Bay. Salmon are the keystone species in Bristol Bay and life revolves around the salmon migration.

Every summer, tens of millions of mature salmon run up the rivers in Bristol Bay to spawn and die. Hundreds of millions of pounds of rotting salmon provide a food source for the young salmon, bears, eagles, and many other species. Salmon are very sensitive to changes in water chemistry. They rely on the taste of the water to return to the exact section of the river they were born in to spawn.

Pebble mine would turn this pristine ecological treasure into an industrial mining region threatening the entire ecosystem, the $1.5 billion commercial fishing industry, the native culture, and the destination fishery.
Current Issue: Optimize the preliminary lake operations plan, Plan CC, to benefit all stakeholders
  • The Army Corps operates Lake Okeechobee based on outdated rules that benefit special interests at the expense of all others including coastal estuaries, the Everglades, public health and drinking water supply for millions.
  • The Army Corps is rewriting the rules that dictate how the lake will be managed for the next DECADE.
  • This rulebook must ensure that the new operations plan benefits all stakeholders and reduces future harm to our waters.
Current Issue: Permanent protections needed for Bristol Bay

Thanks to strong science and grassroots opposition that started in Bristol Bay and permeated communities nationwide, the proposed Pebble mine faced challenges that ultimately led to the denial of its key federal permit in November 2020. Now, we focus on the future.

Take Action: Urge the Army Corps to optimize Plan CC to benefit all stakeholders

The Army Corps selected the initial *new operations plan* that will dictate how Lake Okeechobee is managed for the next decade, and ultimately, the resulting impacts to our water quality across South Florida.

“Plan CC” provides a good starting point but needs significant modifications in order to provide the most benefit to all stakeholders. Making these modifications will decrease the likelihood of toxic discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, ensure drinking water supply for millions of Floridians, provide dry season hydration to the Everglades, and help to mitigate hyper-salinity in Florida Bay.

Your voice matters. Please take action using the button below.

Take Action: Ask decision-makers in Congress and the EPA to support permanent protections for Bristol Bay

Thanks to strong science and grassroots opposition that started in Bristol Bay and permeated communities nationwide, the proposed Pebble mine faced challenges that ultimately led to the denial of its key federal permit in November 2020. Now, we focus on the future. We need your help to secure community-supported, long-term protections so that Pebble- or any other mining company- cannot threaten the people, fish, and fish-based resources of the region again. Please take action today using the button below.
Get Involved: Join the fight to advance Everglades restoration
Get Involved: Join the fight to stop Pebble Mine

Meet Capt. John Landry

Captain John Landry has been a career fishing guide for over a decade. Born and raised in Southwest Florida, his passion for the Everglades and tarpon fishing began as a youngster fishing with his dad. Today, Landry splits his time guiding the iconic waters of two national treasures, Florida’s Everglades and Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Landry has dedicated his life to introducing people to the beauty and wonder found in these wild places, and more importantly, inspiring them to join the fight to save them. Also pictured: Koby.

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