Presenting EVERYONE IN BETWEEN

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.
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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

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RESTORE 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

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STOP PEBBLE MINE

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.

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Current Issue: Demand operational flexibility in new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM)
  • The Army Corps manages lake operations 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 and they must be a win-win for everyone. 
  • We must urge the Army Corps to include a management strategy that lowers the lake in the dry season to create capacity for rainfall in the rainy season.
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Current Issue: Prevent Pebble from getting their permit
  • Pebble seeks to develop the first 1.5 billion tons of its nearly 11 billion-ton deposit. A recent undercover investigation revealed Pebble will set the stage for future expansion and the construction of an industrial mining district in Bristol Bay.
  • In August 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found “under section 404 of the Clean Water Act that the project, as proposed, would likely result in significant degradation of the environment and would likely result in significant adverse effects on the aquatic system or human environment.”
  • Pebble isn’t gone. Their permit has not yet been outright denied.
Take Action: Urge the Army Corps to include operational flexibility in LOSOM to benefit all water users

The longterm solution is to restore the flow of water south. In the meantime, flexible lake management by the Army Corps can provide short-term benefits and relief. Urge the Army Corps to lower the lake in the dry season to create capacity on the lake for rainfall in the rainy season. This will reduce harmful releases of Lake Okeechobee water to Florida’s coasts and send the water to the Everglades and Florida Bay where it’s desperately needed. Please take action today. 

Take Action: Ask Congress to investigate Northern Dynasty Minerals and urge the Army Corps to deny the Pebble mine permit

Pebble has faced major roadblocks over the past few months. The Army Corps of Engineers’ August announcement that the current plan fails to meet Clean Water Act standards, and the September release of the Pebble Tapes makes it even more clear: Pebble’s permit must be denied. And yet, the threat of Pebble remains. Members of Congress must investigate the Pebble Limited Partnership for their fraudulent mine plan and lies to the American people and federal regulators, and urge the Army Corps to deny Pebble’s permit today- and they must act quickly. Please take action today.

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Get Involved: Join the fight to advance Everglades restoration
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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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